September 30, 2009

Union Grove safety looking hard at GT

The Georgia Tech football program has had a lot of success recruiting Union Grove High School players in recent years. Current Jackets linebackers Kyle Jackson and Steven Sylvester hail from Union Grove and Georgia Tech holds a verbal commitment from Union Grove defensive end Anthony Williams for the 2010 class. Looking ahead to 2011 defensive back Avery Walls could Union Grove great to play for the Jackets.

Walls has 24 tackles, four interceptions, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and five pass breakups this season for the Wolverines. Last Saturday Walls visited Tech with a couple of teammates for the North Carolina game.

"It was a pretty good game and I had a lot of teammates there from Union Grove. They came along with me and we had a good time watching the game on Saturday especially since Georgia Tech defeated North Carolina," Walls said. "I had a nice time and got to bond with the players a little bit.

During his visit, Walls had several chances to speak with the Jacket coaching staff.

"After the game and before the game I got to talk to the coaches for a little while," Walls said. "Throughout the day I got to talk to the coaches and they asked me how was I enjoying the visit and they were pointing out some things to me about the athletic facilities and how their academics are ranked high in the national near the top. They told me one of every six Georgia Tech graduates is a millionaire. They were just showing me the academic and athletic futures of the school."

Linebackers coach Brian Jean-Mary is now Walls lead recruiter after he transferred to Union Grove this year.

"Coach Brian Jean-Mary is my recruiter. He seems like a nice guy and Anthony Williams has told me a lot about coach Jean-Mary and the rest of the coaching staff," he said. "He told me they are great people and I am going to trust Anthony's word on that. Coach Jean-Mary contacted me throughout the day and showed me around and he showed me a good time."

This visit was Walls' third trip to the campus in less than a year.

"I attended a previous game and the spring game at Tech," Walls said. "I know my way around now a little."

As far as earning a Georgia Tech offer, Walls is not sure when he will receive one.

"I have not told me if they are close to offering or not, but the coaches sound real interested in me and they showed me a great time," he said. "They told me to call them anytime I would like to. I guess that is a plus. The coaching staff is unbelievable nice as are the players. Hopefully in the future I will get an offer from Georgia Tech."

Unlike most Georgia athletes, Walls got his first offer from an elite level program out of state and out of the area.

"Last Thursday after school my parents told me to follow with the coaches from Oklahoma University. Once I called them, Coach David White said I earned a scholarship offer from Oklahoma," Walls said. "I was stunned and speechless. I could not even explain it."

Walls caught the Sooners' staff attention with his performance at the Ultimate 100 camp in Oklahoma.

"I believe the offer came from there," Walls said of the camp. "They really did not know about me. Before I went there, they did not know about me. They said they liked it and I got to tour their facilities. I liked it a lot. Coach David Schuman was running the camp and he told them great things about me. I believe they took his advice and looked into me and thankfully, I got an offer out of it. I was very pleased and got not sleep that night because I was so excited."

Looking ahead to the rest of the year, Walls plans to take several other unofficial visits to local schools as well as a trip to Norman to visit the Sooners.

"It is hard to say who else might offer," Walls said. "I am trying to go out to Oklahoma to catch a game because I would love to see a game. I would like to go to a Georgia game and Florida State, Duke, South Carolina and most likely another Georgia Tech game. I might hit another game further out depending on how our budget is."

On Friday, Walls' team will face Greenbrier in a region showdown. The Wolverines are 1-0 in the region heading into their game with the Wolf Pack.

"Last week we won 38-12 over Redan High School which is a great school. They came out strong and we were able to keep up with them. They are a great team and played like a great team and that is how we were able to beat them. We came out with the win and it was a region win, so we are 4-0."

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