He was no longer Sean Walters, a basketball player turned football player. He was no longer a project or a prospect. He was known from that moment forward as The Hitman.
"It's been like that ever since," he said.
It has, though not been without interruption. The spring game was called at halftime and Walters, who had made nine tackles, rolled his momentum through the summer and found out some colleges were interested.
Hallandale was in a kickoff classic to start the following season and Walters was again making plays to begin the all-important junior season. Someone rolled up on his leg in the first half and Walters was lost for the rest of the year with a fracture.
"At one point there, I did have some doubts about my decision," Walters said, noting players don't often roll up on your leg on the basketball court. "But the type of person I am, I never quit. I never gave up because, with certain things, if I want it, I go for it."
By the time his senior season started, Walters was back to himself, though with one noticeable change.
He was mad. South Florida had been the only school to express interest in Walters during his junior year, but the Bulls backed off and no one else was lining up to make his dreams come true.
Walters then decided he'd become a nightmare on the field.
"I had a lot of anger because I knew I was supposed to be that type of five-star player, but no one recognized it," he said.
"I was the underdog and I didn't like that because since that leg injury everyone passed up on me. That drove me more than ever before."
As the weeks progressed, Walters notice the attention increased. Phone calls, letters and finally offers.
WVU and running backs coach Robert Gillespie were there after the fifth game. Indiana and Minnesota appeared and South Florida returned.
Walters committed to WVU in December and enrolled in January. He improved and eventually impressed throughout spring football and was praised for the way he adjusted and matured. He added about 25 pounds and learned to play the "star" position while Terence Garvin missed the spring recovering from knee surgery.
Walters played on the hash in the defensive backfield in high school and flew to the ball to make plays.
WVU saw that and decided to move him to the hybrid safety/linebacker position closer to the line of scrimmage.
It's a mental adjustment, but the only one Walters says he'll make.
"I'm still (ticked) off because I really believe I should be that guy up there in the rankings as far as being the next Sean Taylor-type player and I'll keep going until I get there," he said. "I think I can still be the same kind of player all four years here and I'll keep driving and keep going until the day I don't want to play football anymore."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.