February 26, 2008

Walters wants to compare Junior Days

Quite possibly the worst kept secret in the state this year resides in Wolfforth, TX and is quickly becoming one of the most highly recruited offensive linemen in the country.

When we spoke to Frenship standout Mason Walters roughly two weeks ago, Walters had just picked up his seventh scholarship offer, from LSU.

What a difference two weeks can make.

"Recruiting wise it's been picking up," said the articulate senior-to-be. "Since LSU, I've received offers from Notre Dame, Texas, and then today I picked up Oklahoma and Oklahoma State."

So for those of you counting, that would make eleven scholarship offers for the 6-foot-6, 280-pound mauler. One of those offers, Texas, came last weekend while Walters was checking out their junior day.

"It went well," he said of his time in Austin. "I went down there and talked to the coaches and everything. The only thing I'd heard about recruiting and their junior day was that they would try to pressure you a little, but I never got that feeling. We got to meet a lot of the players and get a feel for the atmosphere and my parents got to ask all the questions they had and everything. It was a good visit and now I'm looking forward to going to Tech's and comparing the two."

Walters, who has long been considered the lynchpin of Tech's 2009 recruiting efforts, will be in attendance at the Red Raiders' junior day next weekend, where he will likely run into two familiar faces.

"I'm not really sure what all I'll see at Tech's junior day," he said. "I just want to get up there and get to talk to the coaches more and get to know some other people more, you know, just build relationships. That can only help you in the long run. I also want to get my parents up there. They haven't been there nearly as many times as I have."

The four-star prospect isn't just coveted for his size and athleticism, he's also considered a great locker room guy, and is one of the most intelligent linemen to come out of the state in recent memory, as is evidenced by his strong GPA and the fact that he'll be an early graduate. On the recruiting trail, he's using some of that grey matter in between his ears to try to look for the things he really wants in a school.

"Another thing I'll be looking at while I'm at Tech is just the atmosphere surrounding the players," he said. "I want to see the guys I'd be playing with if I went to Tech. That's the main thing I've been looking for and will continue to look for, just the vibe off the players and how they all interact. That's a big deal for me."

While Walters remains open at this point, this much is certain- before it's all said and done, that offer count of his is likely to keep growing by more than a few schools every two weeks, making his recruitment one of the more fascinating to keep track of over the next ten months.

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