September 23, 2009

Union Grove safety visiting Jackets again

One of the top defensive backs for 2011 in the state of Georgia is Union Grove safety Avery Walls. Walls already has four interceptions this season to go with one forced fumble, 18 tackles, a fumble return for a touchdown and two pass break ups in three games this season for the Wolverines after transferring from Sandy Creek High School.

"The season is going pretty well and we are playing as one as a team. I think we are going to do real well and hopefully we can get a state championship this year," Walls said. "Our defense has played lights out. The coaches have drawn up a wonderful game plan and all we have to do is go out there and execute the game plan the coaches give us."

Walls has been getting a lot of attention in the first few weeks of September from major colleges.

"Mainly South Carolina, Georgia Tech, Georgia, UCLA, Stanford and Duke are the main schools that have been showing interest," Walls said. "My have sent my junior film out to most of the colleges and some schools already know about me, they are just waiting on my film."

In the next few weeks, Walls expects to get his first college scholarship offer.

"I think Duke or Georgia Tech will offer soon," Walls said. "I really want to get in contact with the University of Miami. That was one school I was interested in, also Ohio State," Walls said.

Two weeks ago, Walls came over to Georgia Tech for the Clemson game on Thursday night for a visit. He enjoyed himself so much, he will be in attendance Saturday for the game against the Tar Heels.

"I attended the Georgia Tech-Clemson game and had a great time there. This Saturday I am going to the Georgia Tech game with North Carolina," he said. "Coach Buzz Preston was recruiting me, but since I changed schools, now assistant coach Brian Jean-Mary is recruiting me."

At the conclusion of the Clemson game, Walls had a chance to talk to some of the guys on the Georgia Tech coaching staff.

"After the game I talked to Coach Jean-Mary not for a long time because he had to take a shower and get film and everything, but one of the assistant coaches, Liam Klein talked to me for a majority of the time. We had a good conversation."

Walls is trying to figure out how serious the Jackets are looking at him so he can weigh his interest versus the team's interest in him.

"The Georgia Tech coaches told me that they really like how I play and I have a nose for the ball," he said. "I need to ask some more serious questions about how they really feel about me because recruiters can say anything to get you. I want to get down to the nitty-gritty and really find out how they feel about me and where I stand on their recruiting board."

The Jackets landed Walls' teammate Anthony Williams as a verbal commitment for the 2010 class in August and he has been helping recruit Walls for the Jackets.

"Anthony and my former teammate Isaiah Johnson have been telling me some great things about Georgia Tech," he said. "I also already knew some guys at Georgia Tech, Steven Sylvester and Kyle Jackson and they told me great things about the program. Hopefully I can get a chance to go there."

Walls has an interest in staying in state and is looking hard at both the Bulldogs and Yellow Jackets.

"Both schools are great schools. Since Georgia Tech is closer to my house, I have been able to take more visits up there. I went for an unofficial visit at Georgia over the summer and they showed me a great time and I could see myself at either Georgia or Georgia Tech. Whether I get an offer from either school, I will wait and see. They are both great schools and we will have to see what happens in the future."

In describing his play, Walls says he has the power of a linebacker or defensive end with the speed of a safety.

"As a player, I believe that I am a team player and that if you throw me in anywhere I will play. I don't care if I play linebacker or defensive end," Walls said. "As a defensive back, I think that I am not afraid to come up and make the open field tackle and I am not shy about hitting. I believe I have a short-term memory and if I get beat one time, I will just have to forget because if I do not it will mess up my whole day. I have a short-term memory. I would like to compare myself to Troy Polamalu."

The Wolverines are undefeated, but they have tough matchups with region powerhouses MLK and Stephenson later this season.

"I have heard a lot about those two teams and how in recent years we have not beaten them," Walls said. "I have come to Union Grove and we are going to make some changes. A lot of people are expecting big things from Union Grove and we are going to execute and do what we need to do and show people how good we are as a team this year."



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