July 31, 2007

Walls down to four; Rebels in the hunt

As Marlon Walls continues to trim his list of potential colleges, Ole Miss remains right in the hunt.

Walls, fresh off a visit to Florida's Friday Night Lights Camp, said he plans on cutting his list down to three after a visit to Tennessee this Friday.

Walls' final four schools are Ole Miss, Florida, Tennessee and Auburn, he said.

It's been a busy summer for Walls, as he's traveled to camps and campuses, showcasing the talents that earned the inside linebacker a four-star rating.

"I'm trying to narrow it down to three," Walls said. "I'll probably do it when I get back from Tennessee.

"I plan on committing before the start of the year or early in the season - get it over with."

The recruiting process has been arduous for the 16th-ranked inside linebacker in the class of 2008.

"Sometimes, it can get stressful," he said. "Sometimes, you get tired of it, but really, it's just a blessing. It's a good thing."

Walls' summer has made one impression clear - he's high on plenty of coaches' wish lists.

"I'm learning they're very interested in me," he said.

Walls has also picked up some skills that he plans to use on the field during his senior season at his new school - Olive Branch.

"I've been learning more about covering," Walls said. "I'm getting faster and smarter with that. That's really going to help me out during the season."

Walls' 6-foot-2, 225-pound frame has been getting lots of work this summer.

"I'm dealing with a little bit of a hamstring," he said. "I've been working to get it right. It's nothing too big. It can be tough. It bothers me sometimes - nothing major."

Despite the injury, Walls' has increased his max squat to 550 pounds. He also runs a 4.55-second 40-yard dash and bench presses 285 pounds.

Walls said he hasn't put his top schools in any order, but fresh off his trip to Florida, the Gators are rising.

"Florida is starting to creep up. The last visit I took was at Florida," he said. "They treated me like a king down there."

And while his collegiate future is up in the air, Walls is glad to be suiting up for Olive Branch in the fall - leaving behind an environment that he said stunted his growth.

"It felt like I was the only one out there who wanted to win," Walls said. "I had to get myself out of that environment before it started to rub off on me.

"At Olive Branch, my teammates want to win and know what it takes to win. I'm trying to get that state championship ring."

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