Dallas Walker, a quarterback from Ridgeland Academy in Madison, Mississippi, wasn't worried so much about his 40-yard dash time as he was in showing his quarterback skills to visiting coaches. "I feel like I tested well," he said. "Hopefully the coaches are looking at me. That's what I'm hoping for: to get some looks."
Walker was on the Alabama football practice fields Saturday for the Scout.com Combine, one of a handful of such premier events across the nation this year. College coaches from throughout the South (including Alabama Head Coach Mike Shula) were on hand to watch nearly 300 high school players go through their paces.
Walker has a background in football and a background as a quarterback, although this will be only his second year as the starting quarterback at Ridgeland Academy. He is the son of former Memphis and NFL player Jeff Walker. "Football has been a part of my life since I was born," is the way Dallas put it.
Beginning in the sixth grade, Walker began playing quarterback. He began his career at Greater Atlanta Christian School, then moved to the Jackson, Mississippi, area prior to his tenth grade season. Ridgeland already had a senior quarterback, so Walker played wide receiver that year.
Last season he moved to quarterback and completed 115 of 204 passes for 1,601 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Ridgeland Academy is a small school, Walker said. Yet the team plays a number of large schools. Ridgeland was 3A state champion his sophomore season but lost 16 seniors after that year and went 6-5 last year. With a number of starters back, Walker expects to have a strong team this year.
Walker has good size at 6-5 and 203. At the Scout.com combine in Tuscaloosa he ran a 4.75 40-yard dash.
Walker said, "If I happen to get an offer from the right school, I'll make a quick decision. If not, I'll decide after the season."
He said he has a 2.5 grade point average and has always been in a college preparatory curriculum and has a 19 ACT.