Union Grove’s Walls lands offer from Oklahoma, visits GT

For every recruit, there is always going to be a first offer. No matter what it’s going to be memorable if for nothing else than being the first one, which legitimizes you as a college prospect.

For Union Grove’s Avery Walls, that first one was quite a doosie.

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Union Grove safety Avery Walls has burst onto the recruiting scene as a junior. He recently received his first scholarship offer -- from Oklahoma. (Photo by Jeff Hurndon/www.jhurndon.com)

Walls, a 5-11, 185-pound junior defensive back, got his first official scholarship offer from Oklahoma this past week. Usually it’s a mid-major school from the MAC or possibly some ACC or SEC bottom dweller that pulls the trigger first. Not a BCS powerhouse such as the Sooners.

“At first I was just speechless,” Walls said Tuesday. “I couldn’t believe it. Then I just felt real blessed.”

Walls  is a solid college prospect for sure. But he hadn’t previously received the treatment of some of today’s superstar underclassmen. So the offer came as quite a surprise to him. In fact, until the Sooners’ offer came, Walls said wasn’t sure what kind of prospect he was.

“I was kind of undecided whether I’d be a Division 1 prospect or not,” Walls said. “I was just working out three times a day trying to get better and going to camps. But you really don’t know.”

Needless to say, attention is starting to come fast and furious.

“Friday, Auburn, North Carolina and several other schools came to see him,” Union Grove coach Steven Collins said of  Oklahoma. “It’s picking up.”

Walls said he attended a Rivals camp Norman this past summer and that his family sent a “recruiting package” to the Sooners in advance of that event.

“The recruiting coordinator called and offered him over the phone,” Collins said.

Walls also has attended camps at Georgia Tech and Florida State.

And what’s not to like? Walls appears to have all the measurables of a BCS conference defensive back. He has the size and speed (4.5) to play either cornerback or safety. And he has all the other the intangibles teams are looking for.

“He’s very quick to the ball and really understands the game,” Collins said. “And he’s very smart, an excellent student.”

Oklahoma will encounter plenty of competition. Walls attended the Georgia Tech game this past weekend and has been to games at Clemson, Georgia and Ohio State games as well.

“Everybody’s coming around on him now,” Collins said.

NOTE: Collins said he expects Union Grove senior wide receiver/quarterback/defensive back Jordan Akins to receive an offer from Auburn “any day.”

30 comments Add your comment

GA Tech Insider

September 29th, 2009
4:35 pm

A lot of competition, indeed.

Besides being a fine football player, Avery is also a good student and a quality young man from a great family. I suspect he’ll have a host of schools to choose from before he’s through. Anyone will be quite fortunate to have him come on campus because Avery is going to be one of those players you just never have to worry about; his parents should be very proud.

George P Burdell

September 29th, 2009
4:55 pm

Seems like a fine young man.Good Luck….

The Good Word

September 29th, 2009
5:02 pm

Congrats on your first offer Avery. Hope you enjoyed the game last Saturday.

GO JACKETS!!!

drock09

September 29th, 2009
5:10 pm

Hard work pays off. This kid is a beast. He is a joy to train and come from a great family. I can’t wait to see union grove vs stephenson on oct 24. Love ya e4life

Paddy

September 29th, 2009
5:31 pm

He sounds like a kid that we need to keep in-state. Good luck and hard work go hand in hand!

Kid325i

September 29th, 2009
5:53 pm

Get yoself paid son…..Holla at ya boy…..Kid

RomeDawg

September 29th, 2009
7:32 pm

Congrats on a helluva first offer! Keep those Dawgs in mind, though.

gib rib

September 29th, 2009
10:45 pm

this guy sucks, i watch him play and he’s horrible how in the hell is okl. offering

Jstunna56

September 29th, 2009
11:15 pm

gib rib is simply a hater and mad. This person only wishes he had an ounce of talent. Also to say he sucks and oklahoma offers him shows that he does not know what in the hell he is talking about. What were you offered gib rib ??????

gib rib

September 29th, 2009
11:24 pm

jstunna56 your simply a DUMBASS
but still love ya!!!!!!! haha

Spiller Time

September 30th, 2009
12:06 am

He’ll look nice wearing the orange and white straight up I85!

Flo-Ri-Duh!

September 30th, 2009
12:37 am

Pago Flyer

September 30th, 2009
12:58 am

Maybe he’s a little worried that at UGA he’ll be un-coached.

sherry

September 30th, 2009
7:18 am

Enter your comments here Keep up the good work. Wish you all the luck. GO WOLVERINES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Buddy ivey

September 30th, 2009
8:11 am

Congrads to Avery and his family. Hope you see many more offers over the next year and a half while you play for UG. Who knows maybe you will stay in the South and we will watch you for four more years. Good luck on your future and GO WOLVERINES

Vick=Dog killing thug

September 30th, 2009
8:12 am

Lot of opportunity to play at UGA Good luck young man!

Gerald

September 30th, 2009
8:48 am

If Georgia Tech wanted this kid, they should have been the first offer. The same goes for UGA, because let’s face it, OU has like 7 conference titles to UGA’s 2, and 4 trips to the national title game to UGA’s 0. Also, the wide open offenses in the Big 12 give a DB more chances to get INTs and make plays than whatever goes on in ACC football. Who was the last star QB in the ACC before Matt Ryan? You’d have to go way back to Philip Rivers, and that was A LONG time ago. As much grief as Tyrod Taylor gets, he’s done more than any ACC QB in years.

So, this kid needs to go ahead, accept the OU offer, and dedicate himself to enrolling early. No need to waste your last semester in high school worrying about some prom (plus you can attend the promenade your junior year). Get all your required credits – even if it means attending summer school or taking online classes – and be in Norman in time for spring semester.

Gerald

September 30th, 2009
8:50 am

Then again, if he DOES want to stay at home, Georgia Tech is the place. If his listed high school time is a 4.5, then it is probably far closer to a 4.6. That is not SEC cornerback speed. So, if he has good tackling and ball skills, the rover position in Tech’s 4-2-5 defense would be ideal for the guy.

Chad

September 30th, 2009
10:44 am

With Auburn soon to offer they may have a chance, with them not being to far from home.

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gafootball

September 30th, 2009
11:55 am

Gerald, you do realize that the ACC has had the most defensive players drafted into the NFL out of all the conferences over the past several years. They also have had a lot of defensive backs in the NFL. So I don’t know where that SEC speed comment came from.

Also the Big 12 has had the fewest defensive backs drafted over the last several years out of all the conferences. And for all the talk about Big 12 QB play, there are 0 Big 12 starting QBs in the NFL, while there were a combined 10 starting QBs from the ACC and SEC heading into training camp this year (5 ACC, 5 SEC).

There is not such thing as SEC speed. It is southern football speed. Boys born and raised in the southeastern united states (particulary GA, FL, AL, SC, MS, TN, and LS). These kids play ball everywhere, but most play in the SEC and ACC.

78 DAWG

September 30th, 2009
12:21 pm

SEC speed is the top of the line. The bottom of the SEC would win the ACC. You better call CMR and beg for a scholarship now cause we can’t take all the kids that want to be DAWGS.

Gerald

September 30th, 2009
5:17 pm

gafootball:

Getting drafted is one thing. Getting on the field is another. The SEC has this obsession with speed. The NFL isn’t nearly as crazed with speed as many people think. If you have good football skills, if you run a 4.6, 4.8 the NFL will find a spot for you. Like CB Aeneas Williams who went to all those Pro Bowls … the guy played at Southern and ran a 4.9 40. Or like Rudi Johnson of Auburn … he ran a 5.0 40 but started in the NFL for several years. Also, look at all those big slow LBs and safeties from the Big 10 and Notre Dame that get drafted into the NFL all the time, guys from places like Ohio State, Penn State and Iowa. Those guys are good enough for the NFL, but in the SEC they wouldn’t even get a scholarship offer! If you are smart, work hard and have good skills, the NFL will give you a shot. So if you run above a 4.5 and are a DB, you will have a better chance playing in the NFL than you will in the SEC. But if you run a 4.38 40 and are a DB, SEC teams will fall over themselves for you if you have no cover skills, can’t or won’t tacle anyone, and don’t know a football from a tennis ball.

db guy

October 1st, 2009
9:38 am

Was this kid a move in to UG? If so, where from? I have followed the program for a few years and don’t remember him being around in years past.

gafootball

October 1st, 2009
11:47 am

Gerald just said that the SEC has more speed than the NFL. But yet SEC QBs go to the NFL and talk about how much faster the game is.

The difference in speed between the SEC and the Big 10 is more in the defensive lineman than any other position. And like I said, it is more southern speed than anything. The boys in the south seem to be the fastest in the country. You act like Florida State, Miami, Georgia Tech, Clemson, and Virginia are slow.

Martin

October 1st, 2009
3:11 pm

Hey, I saw you play against Redan Sept 25. Good Job. Stay focus on school work and training. Everything else wil fall into place. Oh yeah, don’t forget to pray everyday.

His Mom

October 1st, 2009
10:19 pm

Our family has been excited for Avery and his awesome opportunity. We would like to Thank every one for all your comments and support. (Even you gib rib) It just makes Avery work harder.
He also prays everyday
Keep your comments coming

Ohio State Fan

October 15th, 2009
7:45 pm

Man GT is stupid not to already offer this kid. They already need 5 star talent, why not get him as early as possible. Ohio State and other BIG teams are going to jump out of the blue and snatch this kid and have GT looking sad because they wanted to mess around with him. Oklahoma did right by doing things early. Avery you go to Ohio State now if they offer you!

Ohio State Fan

October 15th, 2009
7:45 pm

Man GT is stupid not to already offer this kid. They already need 5 star talent, why not get him as early as possible. Ohio State and other BIG teams are going to jump out of the blue and snatch this kid and have GT looking sad because they wanted to mess around with him. Oklahoma did right by doing things early. Avery you go to Ohio State now if they offer you!

Ohio State Fan

October 15th, 2009
7:45 pm

Man GT is stupid not to already offer this kid. They already need 5 star talent, why not get him as early as possible. Ohio State and other BIG teams are going to jump out of the blue and snatch this kid and have GT looking sad because they wanted to mess around with him. Oklahoma did right by doing things early. Avery you go to Ohio State now if they offer you!

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