Versatile athlete excels at tight end

When it comes to high school recruiting, tall athletes with good speed and the frame to add weight can be invaluable to college recruiters. <br><br>Pike County's Nick Walker is the prototype.

Nick Walker (6-5, 235, 4.83) has made his reputation as a tight end, catching passes from one of the state's top quarterbacks. But with his frame and athleticism, by the time he's finished growing Walker could end up contributing at any of several positions.

Competing for Pike County High School in Brundidge, Alabama, Walker made All-County and All-State last year at tight end. He had a banner year, excelling at both blocking and receiving, collecting 37 receptions for more than 800 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Walker is an all-star tight end in high school, but he has the frame to play other positions.

Walker has the luxury of playing with one of the state's best quarterbacks (Chris Nickson), and he has shown the ability to get open on fade routes, seam routes and stop patterns.

Working to fill out his tall frame, Walker bench presses 245 pounds, squats 405 and power cleans 250.

The tall tight end puts that strength to good use, building himself into a force as a blocker on the edge of the defense. Last season as a junior Walker helped spring several big plays for his I-formation squad, by sealing the corner and allowing the Pike County tailback to run free.

A very good student, Walker carries a 3.2 GPA and should become a full qualifier with no trouble.

Walker is hearing from several schools, but he lists Alabama, Auburn, Florida and Florida State as his early personal favorites.

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