Cardinal Gibbons' Blair Walsh was awarded a spot in the US Army All-American Game today at a ceremony has his high school. Walsh will kick for the East squad at the annual event in San Antonio.
"It was one of the best experiences of my life," said Walsh, who was awarded an all-American jersey in front of his peers in a ceremony at his school. "They presented me with the jersey, and I gave a speech thanking people. It was really fun."
Walsh is expected to be the starting kicker for the Bulldogs over the next four years. While he would have liked to have enrolled early to get a jump on college ball, his high school curriculum would not allow it. He plans to enroll at Georgia in June.
Walsh got a little more familiar with Georgia assistant coach John Jancek, who was in south Florida on a recruiting trip. Jancek met with Walsh's teammate, Jeremy Longo, last night. Tonight, however, Jancek saw the Dawgs' future kicker.
"It was nice to eat with him, and just to catch up," Walsh said. "The ceremony was an enjoyable event, and he told me that he wished that he could have been there, but with the NCAA regulations it wasn't possible. He did tell me that he wanted to see the film of the day, and that was great to hear from him."
According to Walsh, Jancek was in town to keep tabs on Georiga's two commitments in the area, and see what may be coming up for the class of 2009 in the south Florida area – a spot the Dawgs have traditionally done well in.
"He flew down here and did a little recruiting," said Walsh. "He was just touching base with everyone down here. I think Georgia does very well down here. A lot of guys down here respect Georgia. Almost every guy I talk to with down here would love to get the chance to play for Georgia."
And because Walsh will get that opportunity he says that he's focusing on getting better at his trade.
"I am 100% focused on kicking and getting bigger and stronger," he said. "My workout is different than most players. I have to cater to myself and my body. As soon as signing day comes (Georgia) sends you a booklet and you are expected to get after it. Kickers are not going to be expected to bench 400 pounds or anything like that, but we have to be in good shape."