When McDonough (Ga.) Union Grove 2011 prospect Avery Walls picked up an official scholarship offer from Oklahoma this fall, his recruitment was officially underway. Recently, Walls saw the momentum continue as his second offer came through the door, this time from Pac-10 country.
"I got an offer from Stanford," Walls said. "I gave them a call today and the first thing they said was did you get that offer in the mail. At first I didn't know what they were talking about but they said an offer came to my school last Thursday."
Walls is being recruited at Stanford by running backs coach Willie Taggart and already Walls has been impressed with what he has learned about the program.
"It was real exciting," he said of the offer. "After I met Coach Taggart at my school, he was a wonderful person. It was really exciting. I wasn't expecting the offer from Stanford. I'm happy and really blessed.
"I know that they're a great school academically. They have an aviation program with I am really interested in. It's a good football program and a great school. They have a lot to offer and I love their coaching staff. I've talked to every one of their coaches and I like them all."
As one of the top early safety prospects in the Peach State, Walls is getting serious recruiting attention from Duke, Michigan State, UConn and UCLA along with his two offers. This fall, Walls has also taken in games at Georgia Tech on two separate occasions.
"I went to the Georgia Tech-Virginia Tech game and also the North Carolina game," he said. "It was a great atmosphere. I talked to a lot of the coaches and really bonded with them. It's a real exciting group of coaches and I actually know a few of the players so I got to conversate with them."
Though Walls lives in the greater Atlanta area, that doesn't necessarily mean that the Georgia schools have an edge. Born in Ohio, walls lived most of his life in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and his mother attended Ohio State. This offseason, Walls took visits to Georgia, Ohio State, Florida State, Oklahoma and Temple.
This fall has been Walls' first year at Union Grove High School in McDonough, Ga. after transferring from Sandy Creek. After playing linebacker as a sophomore, Walls has been successful in making the transition to the safety position in 2009. As a junior, Walls has four interceptions, a team-leading 60 tackles, 10 pass breakups, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery for a touchdown.