Move to Eagles Landing Christian highlights Avery Walls’ versatility

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Health issues forced Avery Walls and his mother to move out of the Union Grove High School district and, ultimately, to transfer to Eagles Landing Christian Academy. But it’s evident after a few weeks in the Cougars’ preseason camp that the move may be beneficial to Walls on the football field as well.

On the surface, a college prospect moving down to Class A from Class AAAAA isn’t a good way to enhance his recruitment. Not that Walls’ recruiting needs enhancement. A consensus four-star prospect, he has at least two dozen offers and is ranked by Rivals.com ninth in the nation at his position.

But based on early returns, the move may highlight Walls’ versatility as a football player.

Walls, a 5-11, 183-pound defensive back, will be playing both sides of the ball and special teams at ELCA. On offense he will play wide receiver and maybe some occasional running back. On defensive he’ll play his regular safety position. And on special teams he’s going to return punts, kickoffs and, get this, serve as the place-kicker.

In a recent scrimmage Walls had three carries for 65 yards on offense, five tackles and two pass break-ups on defense, returned punts and kickoffs and even kicked a few extra points.

It’s more than Walls could have imagined.

“Yeah, they’ve got me doing a little bit of everything,” Walls said. “I’m gonna have to stay in good shape this year. I don’t think that’ll be a problem. But it’s fun. I’m enjoying it.”

Showcasing his skills is not what brought Walls to ELCA, however.

“We didn’t even know until a few weeks ago,” he said. “We had some health issues in our family that caused us to move. But I still love Union Grove and I’m staying in touch with all my teammates and friends over there.”

Walls’ mother, Yvonne Sebastian, said she suffers from chronic asthma. Her condition worsened over the last few months. It was recently discovered that mold in their apartment was the source of her increased discomfort. Her doctors ordered her to evacuate immediately.

“We weren’t unhappy at Union Grove; we had a great relationship with all the people over there,” Sebastian said. “But because of everything that happened and the timing and everything it went right down to the wire. It happened real fast. But we were able to find a nice place and we’re happy and I’m much better.”

Walls says he’s much better, too. He said he has taken well to ELCA’s Christian-based criteria, which includes wearing school uniforms.

“This school is really going to help me and prepare me for college,” Walls said. “The coaches are great, my teammates have been great, I’m meeting new people. We have chapel every Wednesday, which I like. And the competition in Class A is great. We’re going to play some really good teams.”

As for his recruitment, Walls is still a ways from wrapping that up. He’s still leaning toward going away for college, if for no other reason than he hasn’t gotten strong interest from either Georgia or Georgia Tech. He plans to take five official visits this fall.

“So far I have set up with Michigan on Sept. 4th, Oregon on Oct. 2nd and Cal on Oct 9th,” Walls said. “I’m not done scheduling my visits due to our hectic football schedule.”

Walls said he also plans to visit South Carolina and Tennessee but will probably do those unofficially.

“I’m still doing research and really enjoying it,” he said. “I want to take the official visits and see what’s the right fit for me. Then I’ll let God lead me in the right direction.”

So far, he’s liking his latest decision.

26 comments Add your comment

Axlrodes

August 19th, 2010
3:00 pm

Moops

August 19th, 2010
3:00 pm

Best of luck!

FREEDYG

August 19th, 2010
3:02 pm

Pup Fan

August 19th, 2010
3:08 pm

Consensus 4-Star recruit! Seems like the DAWGS would be interested. Wonder what’s up? Hmmm…

STATE

August 19th, 2010
3:08 pm

Good luck on that

Georgia Tech vs. Zombies!!!!!

August 19th, 2010
3:09 pm

Tech Freshmen’s video blog,…….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEdkLVzHUO4

wow!!!!!!

Truth Shall Prevail

August 19th, 2010
3:14 pm

Praise God young man. He will. God bless you and your mother. Praying that all will be well soon.

Glory, Glory

August 19th, 2010
3:19 pm

We don’t need him, with the saftey’s we’ve already got and Wilder Jr.

Burdell

August 19th, 2010
3:28 pm

At least the Nerd in that Tech video didn’t have the Institute’s approval and you don’t see CPJ anywhere in that thing…unlike the MILEY CYRUS spoof that was actually an orientation video. I think that kid in the zombie video has a brother that paints himself white and woofs at UGA games…they are dead ringers! LOL!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etMlNW5w-50

jasont13

August 19th, 2010
3:39 pm

Has a lot to do with him being a potnetial 1st round baseball draft pick.

dawgs01

August 19th, 2010
3:46 pm

ELCA are the chargers not cougars

dawgs01

August 19th, 2010
3:52 pm

ELCA has a great baseball team i know they won back to back state championships a couple of years ago

Dawg Stephen

August 19th, 2010
4:02 pm

HAHAHA..i attended the tech orientation, and it was GREAT!!, and classes are in only 3 weeks?? terrific. look out for zombies.

ELCA Fan

August 19th, 2010
4:25 pm

Hey jasont13. Avery doesn’t play baseball.

swagg10

August 19th, 2010
8:04 pm

have seen griffin safety Moore a uga commit and walls both play live and on the field. Walls is a better player. How can Michigan LSU Oklahoma Auburn Tennessee offer him and Tech and Uga doesn’t. SMH

The bridesmaid

August 19th, 2010
8:11 pm

i’m no insider but Walls has been a TN Vol for a while.
One of his best friends is TN RB Rajion Neal.
Too bad, he’s a heck of a player!

UGA ALUM

August 19th, 2010
9:21 pm

You do know that a LOT of people at UGA play human vs. Zombies. I had no idea the first year I saw all these people running around. It is not just a tech thing, it is done on college campuses across the country. ( and no, I never participated)

Truth Teller

August 19th, 2010
9:56 pm

Coulda moved cause of that stud playing safety at Union Grove now and the coaches gonna move him to OLB. Follow him down the road and youll see, average player with a bunch of internet hype

Steiny3

August 19th, 2010
10:23 pm

Saw where Avery has like 40 offers from all over the US including
Cal and Stanford.

Sounds like quite the player and appears to have very good grades.
I wondered how similar he is to Randolph who is on the AJC 11? aka:
the Top players Georgia has to offer.

uga

August 19th, 2010
10:58 pm

UGA offered Walls last spring. They also told him that they only have two spots for safeties in this next year’s class.

Walls decided not to commit when given his offer.

Moore and Sanders both committed taking up both spots.

UGA informed Walls that they no longer needed a safety.

plus

August 19th, 2010
10:59 pm

Walls is a consensus 4 star recruit. Randolph is a consesus 3 star recruit.

Humblepie

August 20th, 2010
1:14 am

uga …Walls did not receive a offer from Georgia, as you stated. He went to their Jr. Day and was told to be patient.
I did however witness Walls in a 7on 7 at Lassiter against Kell’s Brian Randolph. Walls intercepted Randolph and won that match-up thoughout game. Even though 7on 7’s are in shorts and tee shirt and dont mean much, his reaction time to the ball was quicker. On the field with pads on I know Walls is a beast

Southside High School Observer

August 20th, 2010
2:49 am

Watched McIntosh play Shaw of Columbus tonight at McIntosh in a pre-season game. Everything was conducted like a regular game except the coaches agreed ahead of time to play the JVs in the frouth quarter. McIntosh won the varsity competition 9-6, and Shaw won the JV competition 6-0. In the first quarter, McIntosh QB Cam Porter connected with Robert Trotter in a beautiful fade in the end zone for the only Varsity touchdown all night. The pass was perfect, and Trotter, a Landmark Christian transfer, stretched his body for the ball and still kept his feet in the end zone. These two connected on other receptions also. McIntosh went 4-6 last year (and lost to Fayette County on a last second Hail Mary pass), and is looking for a winning season this year. Coach Glenn Griffin, formerly an assistant at Starrs Mill, has been steadily bringing the Chiefs’ program along. Talking about Starrs Mill, Chad Phillips is the new head man there. He was an assistant coach at Fayette County before taking the helm at Starrs Mill this Spring. Coach Earwood, who was the head coach at Starrs Mill, is now leading the football program at Our Lady of Mercy in Fayette County.

It looks like Jonesboro Sr. High will be loaded with talent this year, and, as usual, North Clayton will be fielding a few D-1 prospects. Buck Godrey is back for another year at the helm at Southwest DeKalb. There had been rumors earlier this year that the legendary coach was contemplating retirement. Coach Godfrey has perhaps sent more athletes on to the college than any other active high school coach in Georgia. I hear that he is a heck of an English teacher as well.

Sandy Creek will drop down to AAA this year due to lower student enrollment. Sandy Creek won the State AAAA Championship under Coach Walker’s leadership. I would not be at all surprised to see them win the State AAA Crown this year. D-1s are always on this squad.

I am wondering how Coach McDonald’s team will fare in Newnan without the Ogletree twins. I am old enough to remember Coach McDonald’s father, the late Milton McDonald, when he was the Head Coach at Forest Park High School.

Northgate gets a new head coach this year. The fellow (can’t remember his name now) was an assistant for Coach McDonald at Newnan. He first got his coaching experience at Riverdale High in the 1980s. His name will come to me later.

I was looking at McIntosh’s schedule in their program tonight. If they can get by a Dutchtown team that went 7-3 last year and then beat Harris County there (a team with two huge D-1 prospects), then there will be a shoot-out at the O. K. Corral against Starrs Mill, its bitter hometown rival, at the McIntosh Stadium in October. This stadium will be packed to the proverbial rafters like it was when Starrs Mill nosed out McIntosh in the State Championship game in soccer this Spring. The teams at one time, I believe, were ranked the Numbers 1 and 2 high school soccer teams in the United States. These two Peachtree City teams have a classic good ole fashion hate for each other…just like high school rivals should have.

Steiny3

August 20th, 2010
6:31 am

Sandy Creek (I got to see them play twice) was nuts with Neal running the ball. Too bad he ended up at uwe tee

E. C.

August 21st, 2010
2:00 am

Hey High School Observer, I watched Robert Trotter’s catch on film today. It was sick!!! He stretched his whole body parallel to the ground and looked back, caught the ball and kept his feet in the end zone!! Cam Porter threw a perfect pass too! I thought the Chiefs looked good!!!

Here is Trot’s You Tube DVD from last year >>> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dt0rpxW3rYM

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