Georgia Safety Talks Cal Visit

McDonough (GA) East Landing Christian Academy safety Avery Walls has yet to narrow his list of favorites to five schools but says he likes California, Oregon, Michigan, Georgia, Michigan State, South Carolina, Virginia, Connecticut and Tennessee. All have offered...

Avery Walls (5-11, 190) has already taken three official visits to California, Oregon and Michigan this season.

"I think I'm going to wait to see how all my visits go and then just go from there," said's No. 25 cornerback. "I'm really trying to treat all of these schools the same and see what they have to offer in terms of coaching, academics, the social life and the networking a school has to offer after graduation.

"All of the schools that I'm considering are all heavily recruiting me the same," he said. "I get calls from all of them just about every day. Coaches from their staffs have pretty much been to all of my games, and we're all talking weekly. So they're all heavily coming at me."

Walls says he's learned a lot about the recruiting process based on the three visits he's already taken.

"I had a great time at Cal last weekend and that game was really interesting," he said. "It was homecoming week for them, so that was definitely a lot of fun and had a lot of people in attendance. The Cal family is very unique and very tight between coaches, players, friends and other family members of people who go to school there.

"I got to see a lot of the campus while I was there and Berkeley was really nice the weekend I was out there," Walls said. "It was like 75 degrees the whole time. Plus my grandparents came out on the visit with me and really enjoyed their time.

"I was out at Oregon the week before when they took on Stanford," he said. "I didn't get there until halftime just with the flights to get there and stuff. But I really enjoyed my time. It was probably good that I got there for the second half, too, because I guess they didn't play too well that first half. But they showed a lot of fight in coming back in that game.

"I enjoyed meeting the players at Oregon and everybody seemed so excited about what was going on there," he said. "And their facilities are top-notch and they've also got a great new academic resource building. It was a nice visit overall. My mom came out on that trip with me and enjoyed her time seeing the school and meeting the coaches.

"And I was out at Michigan when they played UConn a couple weeks back," Walls said. "That was a great visit as well. I was actually anxious to get up there because it was my second time visiting the school and I was able to see some things that I didn't see the first time I was there. I got to meet more players, get familiar with the coaches and just get a better chance to become more familiar with their system and the fundamentals of how that team is run. It was good to talk with their coaches to really see how I'd fit into their system."

Walls opted to take official visits to these schools for a couple reasons.

"I didn't want to schedule my official visits to schools that are close to home," he said. "And I wanted to get out to these schools in particular when I had my bye weeks. I'll take some other trips to schools that are closer to home when I have some free time on the weekends.

"For instance, I'll be visiting Georgia this weekend on an unofficial visit," he said. "And I've already been out to Tennessee earlier this season for an unofficial. I'm also planning on getting out to Michigan State, South Carolina, Virginia and UConn, but I'm still undecided on this group of schools and if I'll end up choosing a couple for official visits.

"And out of all of these schools I still don't have a leader at this time," he said.

East Landing (6-0) plays Landmark Christian tomorrow.

Walls claims 35 tackles and one interception so far this season.

He reports a 3.3 GPA and opted not to disclose his scores on the SAT and ACT, but says he has plans to retake the SAT for sure on Nov. 6.

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