When McDonough (GA) Union Grove defensive back Avery Walls was last in Ann Arbor, he and his mom received the red carpet treatment from the Michigan coaching staff. After evaluating the personal time he spent with the staff, the tour of the campus and facilities, and the outstanding academic reputation, Scout.com's #25 safety prospect was blown away. As tough as that is to top, his return trip for his official visit this weekend might do just that. He will take in his first Michigan game at the Big House and this time he plans to share the experience with a different relative.
"My brother is going to come with me," Walls said excitedly. "He is in the Atlanta Police Academy. After this week, he starts the academy, so he will not be able to make any other (visits). I just want to acknowledge him with all the work that he has been doing with me. He helped me do all of my training over the last few years. He got his degree and everything and he came home down to Georgia and train me for two years and make sure that I have the opportunity that I'm having right now."
At one point it appeared likely that Walls and Thomasville (GA) DE Ray Drew would trip to Michigan together. A few months ago Drew indicated that his fellow Peach State star had been talking up the Wolverines to him and that he would visit Ann Arbor as well. However, that plan succumb to scheduling conflicts.
"I talked to him and he said that he was going to make a later visit than me because of his schedule," explained Walls. "He goes to South Georgia and they play North Georgia teams, so with their schedule and stuff like that, he cannot really get all the way back in time for the flight to make the game. So he said that he is going to end up taking one later in the year."
As for the remaining portion of Walls' official visit schedule, it has not yet been finalized. It won't be that way for long though. The mid-year graduate hopes to have his itinerary ironed out in the next few weeks.
"I only think I have three set up," he said. "Right now on officials it is going to be Oregon, Cal and Michigan. I'm thinking about UCONN and Virginia also. I might take an unofficial to Tennessee next week as they play Oregon. What I'm going to do is take all my officials far away from home, do the extensions and stuff like that and take maybe two or three unofficial that are close to home."
Walls expects that some of the aforementioned programs may try to persuade him to commit during the excitement of a game day visit. For his part though, the talented youngster anticipates he will stick to his plan.
"You can never (base a decision) just on game day because it happens like six days a year," Walls explained. "After I'm done with all my visits and I sit down and see everything and compare each university with the other ones and make sure it is the best choice for me."
Stay tuned to GoBlueWolverine for more from Walls after his official visit to Michigan this weekend.