Avery Walls’ recruitment process has landed an unexpected early blow to the three-star prospect, mainly because of the fact that the mail and messages from college coaches is coming more and more by the day.
“I have offers from LSU, Oklahoma, Mississippi State, Stanford, Connecticut, and the list goes on and on,” Walls said. “California just came in today. I am definitely not complaining. It is just already a bit overwhelming. It’s a lot of attention, but I know I am blessed.”
While the Golden Bears were the most recent team to come calling, the good news from LSU came just prior.
“Last week I got the offer from the coaching staff, and it really shocked me,” Walls said. “One coach sent me some stuff, and I rang him up and he told me that the staff all loved me and that I had a scholarship.
“I then talked with [defensive backs] coach [Ron] Cooper, and he talked to me about everything that LSU wanted to do with me if I committed,” he added. “It was a conversation that left me knowing that the Tigers were really interested.”
One approach that Cooper is taking that separates LSU from the field surrounds Walls’ future position.
“Coach Cooper said he wanted me at cornerback,” Wall said. “LSU and Connecticut are the only two schools recruiting me for that spot. Everyone else wants me at safety, with Mississippi State liking me as an athlete since I can play some wide receiver. It doesn’t really matter either way with me.
“At the Army combine in San Antonio in January, they put me at a lot of cornerback drills and I really shocked people,” he added. “I think that is what coach Cooper sees in me, and I think I could build on that and becoming a player anywhere in the defensive backfield.”
Though early in his process – and without any favorites – what could help separate LSU from the pack as the next year plays out?
“Right now I like them a lot because they are a powerhouse that has a good mix of academics and athletics,” Walls said. “I want to find out more by getting to junior day this weekend, but the weather in Atlanta has slowed the airports. My mother and I will choose a free weekend at some point this spring, and we will use that to get over and see what the LSU campus is all about.”
While the in-state schools have yet to come calling, the 5-foot-10, 186-pound prospect said he would entertain both the Bulldogs and Yellow Jackets. However, don’t count on Walls staying in Georgia solely based on roots.
“I am from Ohio, so I grew up an Ohio State fan,” he said. “We moved to Florida and I became a Gator fan. Now that I am in Georgia and my recruitment has begun, I have tossed it all a side. I am looking for a school that really wants me, bottom line.”
As a junior safety, the McDonough, Ga. standout recorded 104 tackles, 13 pass break ups, four interceptions and two forced fumbles.