Ouachita Christian outfielder Bryce Wallace has agreed to continue his baseball career at Louisiana Tech as a preferred walk-on.
Bryce Wallace of Ouachita Christian has accepted an offer to continue his baseball career as a preferred walk-on at Louisiana Tech.
OCS held a signing day ceremony Thursday morning for Wallace and first baseman Connor McKoin, who inked with LSU Shreveport.
An outfielder, Wallace received a scholarship offer from McNeese State, but chose to remain in northeast Louisiana.
"Tech is closer to home," said Wallace, who resides in Bastrop. "It's just easier to come back and forth instead of driving all the way down south."
Bryce's brother, former Prairie View right-handed pitcher Trevor Wallace, had a promising career end prematurely when he was injured in a hunting accident.
"After everything Trevor has been through, it really makes me appreciate this opportunity," Bryce Wallace said.
Wallace said he consulted with some former OCS Eagles before committing to the Bulldogs. Braden Bristo, who now pitches in the New York Yankees' organization, and twins Jordan and Jonathan Washam all had successful college careers at Tech.
"Everybody I talked to had nothing but good things to say about Tech," Wallace said.
An honor student, Wallace plans to major in biology and become a physical therapist.
"Tech's a great school," Wallace said. "It's a nice campus and a nice town."
Regarded as a program on the rise, Tech has been ranked in the top 25 this season.
"It's an up-and-coming program, and coach (Lane) Burroughs is a good guy," Wallace said. "This is a great opportunity."
Wallace, who plays left field and pitches, is in his third year as a starter for the Eagles. He is currently batting .425 with 25 RBIs and 39 runs scored. Last season, he earned Class 2A All-State accolades after helping OCS to a state runner-up finish. As a freshman, he was part of the Eagles' 2015 state championship team.
Wallace was also a three-year starter in football as a wide receiver/defensive back, earning Class 1A All-State honors as a senior.