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’21 Illinois Safety Justin Walters Takes Another Step with Iowa on Visit

October 21, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

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Justin Walters has listened to what programs think he wants to hear. The highly-regarded prospect has enjoyed Iowa sharing what he needs to hear.

“I like the fact that I can just tell that when the coaches there say something to you, they are being 100 percent honest. I don’t have to worry about if they are sugar coating anything because they just tell you things straight up,” Walters told HN following his Hawkeye unofficial visit during the weekend.

There’s stiff competition for his services. That only figures to increase for the Class of 2021 safety from Bolingbrook (IL) high.

Walters (6-2, 170) already reported scholarships offers from Iowa, Iowa State, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern and Wisconsin, among others. The Hawkeyes stepped forward with one of his first opportunities when they offered all the way back in January and have played host to him on three visits.

“I enjoy the fact that I feel very comfortable around the coaching staff, and that they have been there for a very long time. I know that if I go there when I graduate they will still be coaching there,” he said.

Saturday marked his first game-day stop at Kinnick Stadium. He saw himself fitting in well with Iowa scheme.

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“I like the bend-don’t-break style of play on the defense. They may let up a couple of first downs, but they eliminate the big plays. I think I would fit into this defense well because it is the same type of defense we run at Bolingbrook,” Walters said.

The Hawkeyes staff also has impressed Walters’ parents, who see Iowa as a place they’d feel good about sending their son.

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“My parents definitely like it. They like the college atmosphere there, and they feel comfortable with the coaches,” Justin said.

Walters, who is looking at majoring ini Business, is taking his time with the recruiting process. As a junior, there’s no need to rush.

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“I just want to have as many options as I possibly can. The more places I get to go out and see, the more I can narrow down what I really want in a school,” he said.

Rivals and 247 rank Walters as a three-star prospect. The former sees him as the No. 8 player overall in Illinois for ’21. The latter puts him as the No. 16 safety nationally for the cycle.

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