April 7, 2010

Son of former Ole Miss All-American picking up interest

Wesley Walls told ESPN.com's Chris Low last fall that it's "not a matter of if, but when" he and his wife, Christy, return home to Mississippi for good.

Walls' son, Colton, just might provide his parents, both Ole Miss alumni, with a reason to consider making that move sooner rather than later.

Colton Walls said earlier this week he plans to attend football camp at Ole Miss this summer, and the Rebels will likely be taking a close look at the 6-foot-2, 225-pound inside linebacker from Charlotte (Latin), N.C.

"I've been going to Ole Miss since I was born," Walls said. "I love Ole Miss. I love the Grove. There's nothing like it and the Walk of Champions. I really like it there."

Wesley Walls was an All-American tight end at Ole Miss in the 1980s. He doubled as a defensive end, starting both ways at times during his senior season. The Pontotoc, Miss., native went on to have a 14-year career in the NFL, playing for the San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers and Green Bay Packers, catching 450 passes for 5,291 yards and 54 touchdowns. His career peaked in Carolina, where he earned five trips to the Pro Bowl during a seven-year stay.

The younger Walls prefers the defensive side of the ball. He helped lead his team to a championship last season, recording 115 tackles, seven quarterback sacks, one interception and two blocked punts.

"I get to the ball fast," Colton Walls said. "I like to hit."

Walls said he's been to North Carolina, Duke and Clemson to check out the campuses and football programs. He's planning to camp this summer at Ole Miss, Clemson and North Carolina. In addition to those programs, he's hearing from Vanderbilt and Illinois. Walls doesn't have any scholarship offers yet, but he believes that will change soon.

"Clemson says that they're pretty much sold on me but they want to see me in camp," Walls said. "Duke is pretty close (to offering) also."

Walls said he won't jump at the first offer he receives. Instead, he plans "to wait awhile and see what happens with offers from a couple of other schools."

In the meantime, Walls said he's hoping to add 10 more pounds to his frame and cut a tenth of a second off his time in the 40-yard dash. Walls said he's been clocked as fast as 4.6 seconds in the 40.

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