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Walls makes Pac-10 choice

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Another four-star prospect has committed to Cal.
The Golden Bears received a pledge from McDonough (Ga.) Eagle's Landing Christian safety Avery Walls on Tuesday as the 5-foot-11, 184-pound four-star picked Cal over Oregon, Michigan and many other top national programs.
One day earlier, Cal received commitments from Lakewood, Calif., defensive end Todd Barr and Gardena (Calif.) Serra defensive end Jason Gibson. Both are four-star prospects as well.
Walls is another big pick up. Rivals.com rates him No. 8 at safety, No. 159 overall and No. 14 in the Georgia state rankings. Not only is Walls' addition important for Cal's class but it continues a trend of the Golden Bears' success recruiting the East Coast.
Defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi was Walls' main recruiter and he played a big role in landing many of the East Coast players in Cal's 2010 class. Rivals.com named him the recruiter of the year last season.
"From the coaches, they haven't pressed me the entire time to commit or anything," Walls told BearTerritory.net. "They've really given me a lot of space and time to think this thing out so early, and they came out to see me so many times, and I've been up there twice -once on an unofficial and once on an official - and it's just been great, knowing the coaches.
"Coach (Jeff) Tedford, how he carries himself, and you really can't beat the academics. That degree, you could go anywhere in the world with it. The football, they're on the brink of turning things around. They have great weather, great people, you really just can't beat it. It's definitely a great opportunity. It's just great. It's kind of hard to explain everything they have."
Walls will be an early enrollee so he can get a jumpstart on his classes and get ready for spring practice.
Throughout his recruitment, Walls wanted to play at UCLA and Texas and then Michigan or Oregon but Cal made the biggest impression on him and that's where he committed to on Tuesday.
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