The lucky program that has the future star heading to their campus is the University of Texas and last weekend Walters and his family made their official visit to the Forty Acres.
"I had a great time," said Walters. "I had to reconfirm that Texas is a great place to be and it is. I got to hang out with the guys (players), Coach McWhorter and Coach Tolleson. I learn a little something new every time I go down there," Walters said.
Along with the annual banquet, Walters said he enjoyed watching the team practice on Saturday. With only about 30 days until he reports on January 16, the agile center said he picked up some drills that he will put into his workouts as he prepares to go through spring practice.
"I don't know what position I'm going to be playing at Texas. Whatever helps the team is where I'll play. Getting to watch practice was great. I watched the footwork technique of the lineman. They work their footwork a little differently than we do at Frenship and are much more intense working the feet. I'm going to take what I learned and implement it into my workouts for the next 30 days or so until I report," Walters said.
Walters made the trip to Austin with both a heavy heart and a sense of pride after Frenship's 13-1 season. The Tigers headed into the 2008 season with low expectations for a program that has enjoyed perennial success in the last decade. Without a single defensive starter returning off of last years 10-3 squad, Walters said not much was expected which made their run to the regional final a terrific season.
"I think it was a great season with a bitter sweet ending. Nothing was expected from us this year, so for that reason, it was a great season. We use the community as motivation as not much was expected. We put a lot into the season and we lost to a great team in Denton Guyer," Walters said.
In the 37-35 heart breaking loss to Denton Guyer, Walters got to lock up with one of the top juniors in defensive tackle Taylor Bible. Walters said Bible was playing so well, that head coach Brad Davis moved Walters to right guard to work one on one with the junior who has received offers from Texas Tech and Baylor.
"He (Bible) is a really good player. Coach (Coach Davis) moved me to right guard in the second quarter to slow him down. I think by the end of the game. We both won some battles but I had a year on him so I got the better of him. He's a great pass rusher. He's violent with his hands and uses his upper body well. I told him after the game, remember when the time comes to ‘Hook'em'," Walters said.
Before moving to Austin January 16, Walters will play his last high school game in Orlando in the 2009 Under Armour All-American Game on January 4 at 8pm on ESPN.