Across the country, high school teams are gearing up, or already into their postseason play. For the Union Grove team, a big match up awaits from Wister Forest for the first round.
"Things are going really well for us. We are getting ready for Round 1 of the playoffs," safety Avery Walls said. "We have to travel about 3-4 hours to get there, but I think we will do well. Offense will do well and defense will play hard, then we should be able to beat them."
Through the regular season, the 5-foot-10, 185-pound Walls leads the team in tackles with 72. He also has four interceptions, 12 pass break-ups and a touchdown off of a fumble recovery. This level of play has brought him national attention.
And though he has not hauled in a large number of offers, his first two were big.
"Oklahoma was my first offer (back in early October), then I got one from Stanford," Walls said. "But there are a lot of schools that said an offer was coming."
Michigan State, Duke, Maryland and Connecticut have all shown heavy interest, which Walls feels will end up being an offer before long.
Other programs showing interest are Georgia Tech, Ohio State, Temple, Florida State and Temple, all of which he has made visits either this season or during the summer. Walls said that his next stop would be to the Georgia versus Auburn game.
So as he waits for more offers that are destined to come, he looks at the one that got it started for him.
"I was surprised to get that offer. That is a great program with good coaches, tradition and academics," Walls said of the Oklahoma program.
It likely started last summer when Walls made his way to Norman for the Sooner football camp. That is when his interest in the program began.
But it seems as though the feelings are mutual.
"I have a lot of interest in Oklahoma. When I first met the entire staff, I really enjoyed them," Walls said. "I keep in touch with the coaches quite a bit."
Walls said that assistant coach Bobby Jack Wright is his primary contact and that they talked on a weekly basis. He talked about the conversations.
"We talk a lot about how are seasons are going and about grades because that is one the things that I focus on," Walls said. "He (Wright) talks to me about the campus lifestyle and about Norman. Because I want to major in either aviation or business, he gives me information on those programs at Oklahoma."
The offer that was extended to Walls was for the safety position. He looks to try and make another visit to Norman, but is unsure about when that will be as he has to look over he and his mother's schedule.
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