DB Avery Walls and his 27 offers head west for weekend

Union Grove DB will head to California on Friday to check out Stanford, Cal, UCLA and USC. (Photo by Jeff Hurndon/jeffhurndonphotography.com)

Union Grove DB will head to California on Friday to check out Stanford, Cal, UCLA and USC. (Photo by Jeff Hurndon/jeffhurndonphotography.com)

Six months ago, Avery Walls couldn’t imagine being in the situation he is now. Back then he was wondering if another offer might ever come. Now he’s wondering if they’ll ever stop.

The Union Grove defensive back received his 27th scholarship offer last week from Kentucky and took a visit to LSU this past weekend. And this coming weekend he and his mother, Yvonne Sebastian, will be making a five-day trek out west to check out the schools that him showing interest out there. They’ll visit Stanford, Cal, UCLA and Southern Cal. Only the Trojans have not extended a firm offer.

“I’m pretty excited about it,” said Walls, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound safety. “Everything’s coming really fast. I’m just trying to stay humble, talk to the coaches and try to figure out what’s going to be the best fit for me.”

Walls said distance is not a factor in his recruitment and he wouldn’t mind playing college ball on the West Coast.

“Oh yeah,” he said. “I mean, my mom’s brother lives in California and we have a lot of cousins out there. I don’t have any limitations as far as in state or out of state.”

Stanford was Walls’ second offer. His first was from Oklahoma. Most of the SEC and ACC have offered. Neither Georgia or Georgia Tech have.

Walls visited UGA the weekend before last.

“It was a good visit,” said Walls, who plans to enroll early in college. “I got to meet Coach [Scott] Lakatos. He was the defensive backs coach that was recruiting me at Connecticut. And met the new defensive coordinator [Todd Grantham] and bumped into coach Mark Richt at lunch and talked to him for a minute. They told me they were going to come see me practice this spring. They told me to stay patient.”

With as many options as Walls has, he’s not likely to wait around long.

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57 comments Add your comment

Matthews Dawg

March 31st, 2010
1:07 pm

First!!! woooo hoooo!!!

Matthews Dawg

March 31st, 2010
1:11 pm

Now, it sounds like the young man is a late “bloomer”. If we need to fill a void at DB, I’m sure we will offer him. Not sure where he is on the recruiting board at UGA. Good for this young man that he is getting interest from all over the country. Best of luck to him!

Flo-Ri-Duh!

March 31st, 2010
1:13 pm

He’s headed to USC and Lame Kiffin

Dap01

March 31st, 2010
1:26 pm

Congratulations.

Stay in Georgia, be a home state hero.
Shy away from Meyers and Kiffin, for obvious reasons.

jay

March 31st, 2010
1:27 pm

UGA and Tech haven’t offered a local product? With 27 scholarships he has to be a good football player

p-HO

March 31st, 2010
1:28 pm

Avery wont get a UGA offer unless he can prove he can play CB. UGA already has 2 verbals from higher rated safety prospects.

Jax Dawg

March 31st, 2010
1:34 pm

Can anyone help me out with the new verbage. I’ve heard today’s youth say they haven’t seen a friend “for a minute” meaning for a long time. So, did Coach Richt and Avery Walls talk for a long time or a short period of time at lunch?

Dawgs Fan

March 31st, 2010
1:41 pm

“for a minute” most of the time means a long time, but in this situation it could mean either a long or short (most likely short)time.

Jax Dawg

March 31st, 2010
1:44 pm

Thank you Dawgs Fan. Man it’s getting harder and harder to be cool.

Dawgs Fan

March 31st, 2010
1:49 pm

My son is a teenager. I have to keep up so I can understand what he is talking about.

tech(poser)redneck

March 31st, 2010
1:50 pm

Yes, I am the POSER. I tried to act like an expert football person like all of you. But I was found out. No I didn’t attend Ga. Tech. The statement was true that the closest I ever came to Tech was a drive down North Ave. on the way to the Varsity to get a chili dog. However my friends there are many posers on these blogs. We mean no harm. We, like you just want to get our opinion across. If you tickle us, do we not laugh?, if you prick us? do we not bleed?. If we brake wind, do we not emitt a foul odor? So, check my spelling, check all of our spelling, we love college football, like you do. Have mercy on us. Be patient with us. And the football gods will smile upon you.

JB

March 31st, 2010
1:52 pm

When UGA has info on a player they are interested in and they have the Dawgs 1 thru 3 or 4 on list, they offer and pursue, but when a very good player has Georgia just ” on a list” of 10 or so schools, you can just imagine the recruitment is carefully thought out. They won’t offer a long shot when a just as good player is leaning heavy to us. I know it doesn’t always work, but the coach’s know what does work in recruiting.

JB

March 31st, 2010
1:53 pm

I know plenty of Tech ” rednecks”….Geez.

JB

March 31st, 2010
1:56 pm

The toughest job in the State this year. Al Groh. Good luck.

Paul Johnson

March 31st, 2010
1:57 pm

Man, that Coach Groh can drink some Ensure !

JB

March 31st, 2010
1:58 pm

Tech is converting to 3-4 also. Any Jackets know how that’s coming along with returning personnel. I know the Dawgs are reshuffling a lot.

1eyedJack

March 31st, 2010
2:09 pm

Wasn’t he supposed to also be a big-time baseball prospect who will get drafted pretty high? Maybe that’s why UGA and GT haven’t offered….wasted scholarship.

Jax Dawg

March 31st, 2010
2:15 pm

Yeah, it’s been a couple years since UGA has given a football scholly to a player that got drafted in June and never hit campus.

Jax Dawg

March 31st, 2010
2:18 pm

Weird…that kid’s name was Avery too.

Mark Richt

March 31st, 2010
2:35 pm

Man that Todd Gtantham looks pregnant. Saw him yesterday and with that pooched-out belly looks like he needs to see an OBGYN.

Mark Richt

March 31st, 2010
2:37 pm

Sorry should be Grantham.

jasont13

March 31st, 2010
2:37 pm

I think pH-0 has it correct, I don’t believe he will get an offer from UGA as they have two committments from two to safety recruits. Secondly if he does get a UGA offer it might come in July or August after the MLB Draft.

Lamb

March 31st, 2010
2:49 pm

He’s not the Union Grove prospect that will get drafted….that was Jordan Akins.

South Ga Dawg

March 31st, 2010
2:49 pm

We have two safties committed that want to be Dawgs! Good for them!! HBTD!!!!

Bigoleheapingpileofdawgcrap

March 31st, 2010
2:57 pm

HBTD?? PISS ON EM

Jax Dawg

March 31st, 2010
2:59 pm

Won’t Jordan Akins being drafted by MLB be UCF’s problem?

Croatiadawg

March 31st, 2010
3:02 pm

“for a minute” means “for a long time”? What in the world? What does it mean when my kid says, “Wait a minute, Dad”.

Jax Dawg

March 31st, 2010
3:05 pm

It means you’d better have the patience of Job.

big j

March 31st, 2010
3:34 pm

One thing to remember this is a very young player he is only 16 and will start next year at this same age he has plenty of room to grow. With that bein said ga better jump on him.

coach dooly

March 31st, 2010
4:21 pm

see if he can handle 48 year old running back/street fighter named walker(#34), if so he is a keeper. be sure to watch my son at tenn. one season and he will be finished. no walker for him, sorry son, better find you a walker then buy his hole family cars. ya man the good ole days. hell the bear was crooked as a dogs hind leg when it came to recruiting so go f— yourself pointing fingers at me i tell you. go dawgs!!

RJ

March 31st, 2010
4:49 pm

“Stay in Georgia, be a home state hero.
Shy away from Meyers and Kiffin, for obvious reasons.”

What reasons would that be? A chance to win a Championship? Yeah go to UGA and go 9-4every year!!!

Can you say UNCLE??

March 31st, 2010
6:21 pm

Hey Avery,
The article states …. he (meaning YOU) said. “I mean, my mom’s brother lives in California and we have a lot of cousins out there. I don’t have any limitations as far as in state or out of state.”

A little help ….. your mom’s brother would be your – UNCLE!

People,
There might be another reason why GT & UGA haven’t offered this “genius”

CEPJ

March 31st, 2010
6:43 pm

I personally met Avery, Yvonne Sebastian, and another GA kid with his parents at the LSU Spring Game Saturday, sat next to them during the entire game, very nice people to say the least.

(I was at LSU having helped my buddy drive over with his son who got an invite from LSU.)

Let me say this in being a die hard UGA Fan, I’m not even going to suggest that I understand the recruiting process but for a kid with so many offers from the top schools across the country, why hasn’t UGA or Tech for all that matters offered this kid. What am I missing here, because I havent heard anything negative about the kid at all, for it not to have happened.

Funny how everyone will make a fuss of things if he turns out to be as good as advertised at another university.

On the flip side, UGA offers the kid from North Clayton, who isnt even the best LB in his own Region, (checkout Nicholas Thrasher and see for yourself), and not thought highly of by the recruits I met while at LSU who have been on the camp circuit with him, interesting how this all works out.

Yet, I’m not the one who has to make these decisions or answer for them.

Magic Man

March 31st, 2010
7:04 pm

He hasn’t been offered because he plays and projects t
o safety. UGA is already full at safety for this class. If he played, or could play, corner we would offer, bit he can’t. I have no clue why tech hasn’t offered though.

Tokyo jacket

March 31st, 2010
7:05 pm

Any idea why neither in state program has offered? If he has offers from LSU, Stanford, UCLA, and potentially USC, why aren’t Tech or UGA looking at him? He’s obviously got the academics. Are we both so loaded at DB that we can’t use a highly rated player?

CEPJ

March 31st, 2010
7:22 pm

That’s exactly my point, one can never have enough DB’s besides who said he couldn’t play corner, do you know that for fact or assumption, I talked to the kid and heard what he and his mother have been told, many teams are loaded at safety and corner for all that matters yet his offers continue to increase. Please tell why you think that is again…coach, I’m assuming of course!

Sleep late lose weight

March 31st, 2010
8:54 pm

Are you kidding me BE PATIENT here we have one of the top db in the country with 27 offers and georgia or GT hasnt made him a offer.He is on his way out west (fun in the sun)to USC and LANE K and were here in GA like a bunch of country cave men talking about be patient. I talk with a lot of players in Ga and its like a bad taste in there mouth for local teams because of this type of MADNESS.How is it that everybody else know we have the best players in the country and were still looking in other states?Open your eyes or TENN, ALA, AND FLORIDA WILL open them for you.

coach dooly

March 31st, 2010
9:43 pm

boy’s dont worry that there young man perfers using a stick to hit balls, bitter tennersay fans sistar plays that game as well and she recieved a scally and ut chatt last year, having said that she also recieved a series of visits to the doctor as well, hitting to many sticks and balls can require shots you no. well i like his tanasity, gamemanship, total commitement to the game, i really should check with professor kemp first. last time i failed to seek her advise it set the program back 20 years, still O you hershall walker, a freshman.(1980)

coach dooly

March 31st, 2010
9:52 pm

dont loose weight my friend, this sunday the boy’s and me will be spending all sunday in chruch while people like that kiffin and saban fellows will be recruiting, dont worry we will pull him here on a sunday visit soon brother mark will show him the light, then on monday he is headed back to recruit south floida, funning thing that boy spends to much time in florida, seems like he enjoys being there more than athens, well its o.k. if we suite up 11 florida 2@3 stars, i guess, well lets get the grand daughters and goa fishing yourr friend VINCE (REMEMBER #34 GOT 1 YEAR OF ILLGIBLITY LEFT)

Head Dawg

March 31st, 2010
10:05 pm

We will love him just like DaRick unless he signs with someone else; then he will be too stupid to get into UGA anyway.

Red Dog 77

April 1st, 2010
12:27 am

JB…………Keep em coming, my friend, you always put a smile on my face ! And Yer dern tootin, college football coaches, especially ones like CMR, know a fair amount about recruiting !! GO DOGS !!! GATA !!

Bobbydawg

April 1st, 2010
8:39 am

James Carpenter, Chance Warmack, Darius Mckeller, Byrom Isom, Ed Christian, Maurice Hurt, Sergio Render, Jujuan James, Ray Dominguez.

Louie

April 1st, 2010
8:46 am

Well, where do I start.

jackhammer, where you at, son???

Truth Teller

April 1st, 2010
8:54 am

Dont believe everything you read. Have seen him play and doubt he has that many offers. Could be a reason the in-state and Alabama’s, Florida’s and Florida State’s havent offered.

The Truth

April 1st, 2010
9:01 am

Please, someone! Tell me, how is it that this young man has 27 offers from what some people would classify as “big time” schools, yet doesn’t have an offer from UGA or GT, right here in state? Why is this? Because maybe GT and UGA don’t have enough smarts to offer him? Don’t think so. I believe Paul Johnson has pushed hard on recruiting the talent here in GA. Maybe, just maybe, he isn’t good enough to play at that level. I’m not saying he can’t play at the next level, just not the level he portrays himself to be. Seems to me these “offers” might just be a way to entice others to follow suit and offer without ever knowing if the kid can play at the highest level. I have seen him play. He is at best mid-level Div 1. At best. Check out those offers. All from a long way away from here. And all we have is his word on them being real. And as his mom stated earlier, this post might just make him push harder to make himself into a high caliber talent. Maybe it will. But face it, the kids out of position at safety. He can’t play in that kind of space in college. Heck, in high school, against the good players, he can’t function well in space. Missed tackles, etc. Game film doesn’t lie. Hey, just food for thought. I wish him the best of luck and hope he does land one of these big time scholarships. When he does, I will stand corrected. Oh. But only when I see him starting and playing on Saturday’s.

fire Richt now

April 1st, 2010
10:42 am

UGA and Tech are too busy recruiting the top players in Alaska.

Sleep late lose weight

April 1st, 2010
1:49 pm

THE TRUTH, your loyalty to these schools is sickning how could all these schools be wrong and GA right. YOU have admitted that you werent a expert so how can you come on here and discredit this kid trying to defend GA. I guess M. Brown, D .ROGERS, M. AMBLES and the rest of the top players went out of state is because they wasnt players.Stop making excusses for GA and realize that GA dont respect our talent.

The Truth

April 1st, 2010
1:59 pm

Whoa there buddy! I’m not defending UGA at all! I don’t even like UGA! I never said I was an expert, but I’m pretty sure I know a good bit more about this than you do sir. And I’m not discrediting this kid. I have seen him play, I understand what it takes to play at the level he claims to be, and sorry buddy, he isn’t it. Yes, I’m sure his highlight reel looks awesome. But throw in a game film against someone worth a darn, and you will see. It is what it is. That, sir, is the TRUTH. Oh. And learn correct grammer usage before you come back at me again.

TRUE BLUE

April 1st, 2010
3:37 pm

The Truth don’t hate because this kid has over 27 legimated offers. If you don’t beleive it go to the Scout.com website and click on college and football prospects. Then you will see that all the schools that Mr. Walls said offered him did in deed offered him.

Truth Teller

April 1st, 2010
8:17 pm

Just because Scout.com says they offered doesnt mean they have! The players tell the scout.com reporters not the coaches. So True Blue it dont really matter what Scout.com and Rivals.com say. Its just like this article, taking the word of somebody trying to get themselves a scholarship