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.
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.”