Slight Change in Recruiting Outlook for Walls

Anyone who thinks kids from smaller schools will not get noticed by big time football programs need only look to Logan Walls. The D-lineman from Dawsonville, Georgia (population 873) has offers from the strongest conferences in college football, proving that scouts will find the talent no matter where it is.

"I have fourteen offers right now," said Logan Walls. "All of those offers are from SEC and ACC schools except for BYU, Hawaii and Central Florida. It's great having all those offers; it's nice that so many schools are interested in me."

Walls' top four schools, listed in no particular order, are Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech and BYU. Each of the four has offered him a scholarship. The 6-foot-4, 270-pound defensive tackle sees different things to like in each school.

"I went to four of [Auburn's] games last year," said Walls. "I had a friend who had student passes to their games, so I was able to go. Auburn has a great football program and their fan base is really supportive. I like that a lot about Auburn. I also like the coaches and players there a lot."

The chief attraction to Georgia and Georgia Tech for Walls is closeness to home. His family would be able to attend all of his home games if he chose either of those schools. Walls is also very familiar with both schools after making many unofficial visits to the campuses in recent months.

"It was my first time visiting BYU, but I liked it a lot up there," said Walls of his trip to Provo during the Cougars' spring practice. "They have great facilities, just as nice as the facilities at the SEC schools I visited."

Walls is LDS and has mission plans. He was initially drawn to BYU because of its familiarity with missionary service. Recent developments within his family have only strengthened his interest in the flagship university for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Walls' older brother, a 6-foot-2, 240-pound defensive end, decided to walk on at BYU.

"Me and my brother are real close, so I like that I'll have someone up there with me while I attend school and play ball," said Logan. "I don't really know anyone up there at BYU, so I like that a lot. I don't know if I wouldn't be interested in BYU if my brother wasn't going up there, but it certainly helps that he is."

The two factors that Walls will consider most strongly as he chooses a school are academics and the strength of the football program. He maintains a 3.8 grade point average and plans on majoring in business or physical therapy.

"I want to go to a school that has a good business program along with a great football tradition," said Walls. "I don't know when I'll make my decision, but I'll be looking for those things as I look at the schools more closely."

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