Linebacker Marlon Walls from Wooddale High is a talented prospect who was in Auburn for Saturday's A-Day game and he says he enjoyed the opportunity to see more of the program up close and personal.
"I really enjoyed the game," Walls tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "They have done some work to the campus so I figured it would look pretty good. I enjoyed talking with my linebacker coach (James Willis) and talking with Coach (Terry) Price (who recruits the Memphis area) and getting reacquainted with them.
"It was cool because we got a chance to talk instead of just me being at a passing camp," Walls adds. "I got a better chance to see the campus as well. I got to experience how the players live and what they go through. It was a pretty good opportunity for me."
Walls was impressive last summer at Auburn's 7-on-7 passing camp.
A playmaker at the linebacker position, the 6-3, 218 Walls is hearing from many of the top schools in the South at this time and says that he has gotten four offers to this point. Auburn, Ole Miss, Memphis and most recently Alabama have offered Walls and he says Auburn is definitely a school he wants to learn more and more about in the coming weeks and months.
"I really like their defensive style," Walls says of the Tigers. "I like their intensity and the way their linebackers flow to the ball. They are more of a fast-type defense in the way they play. I just like their defensive scheme because they are more of a speed defense. I think I would fit in good there."
With his high school teammate Roderick Davis signing with Ole Miss and the Rebels being close by, Walls says Ole Miss is obviously a team he's seriously considering at the moment. He adds though that Auburn put itself squarely in the running after his visit over the weekend.
"To be honest Ole Miss and Auburn are tit-for-tat right now," Walls says. "I'm just trying to see where I'm going to feel closer to where I'm going to fit in the best and where I have the best chance of playing."
A two-year starter who has a personal-best 40-yard dash time of 4.5 seconds recorded last summer at Ole Miss, Walls was a one-man wrecking crew for Wooddale last season. Helping his team to an 8-2 record and a berth in the second round of the playoffs, Walls made 92 tackles, picked off three passes, caused four fumbles and returned two fumbles for touchdowns.
Also a standout in track, Walls says this spring he will run the 4x100 and 4x200 relays as well as the 200 and also participate in the long jump. After that it will be time to hit the camp circuit once again. While he's not sure the location of all his stops, Walls says Saturday's visit to Auburn insured he'll be back on the Plains to check things out one more time before football begins next fall.
"I have to go back to Auburn," Walls says. "That is for sure. They are the first camp I'm going to. That will be in June. I'll go to Ole Miss, Alabama and LSU as well but I'm really looking forward to going back to Auburn."