Walker heading to West Point

Kellyen Walker informed ArmySports.com he intends to take his first official visit to West Point this coming weekend. The 5-foot-9, 180-pound running back was named Georgia AAAAAA/Region 2 Special Teams Player of the Year at Lakeside High School in Atlanta, Ga. He's considering Army and four other offers from Presbyterian, South Carolina State, Carson-Newman, and Hampton.

Kellyen Walker

"Coach Brent Davis (of Army) offered me in the spring of 2014," Walker said. "Before he even started talking about my tape, he said how much he liked my attitude and my GPA. He told me I was one of those well-rounded student-athletes they love to recruit every year. On the field, he mentioned my speed, elusiveness, my ability to separate myself from a defense, those kinds of things.

"First of all I think that Army presents a great opportunity for me. It's a major opportunity to receive an outstanding education and play at one of the top programs in the country. I know Coach Monken just got there and they're kind of in the rebuilding phase, but it's a program with a lot of tradition. What has me on the fence is the commitment of serving for five years after college. I'm not saying it's a bad thing, but something my family and I definitely have to look at and consider before I can make my final decision on Signing Day.

"I'll be going up (to West Point) on January 9th for my first official visit. I went up for the Fordham game at Michie Stadium in November thought it was a beautiful place, beautiful atmosphere, just gorgeous. The stadium was packed with hundreds of screaming fans that day. I got to see the brotherhood of the academy in person for the first time and I liked it a lot. That was just for a game though. On this visit, I'll be staying the whole weekend on campus and be able to check out everything to give me a better idea of what life will be like as a cadet."

The month of January is booked solid for Walker. After his West Point visit he has officials scheduled to South Carolina State (January 16th), Carson-Newman (January 23rd), Hampton (January 30th), and hopes to fit one in to Presbyterian and Kennesaw State.

"The education is the key factor for me," Walker stated. "Obviously, West Point is second to none in education. I'm not too worried when I go there about education. I'd like to study business and West Point has an outstanding business school. My mom, I know, is going to have a ton of questions like size of the classroom, graduation rate, if the seniors advance their education after college, campus diversity. That may not matter with Hampton and South Carolina State because they are HBCU. We plan on asking a lot of question though. One I know I will ask is the direction of the dining hall. It's got to be a clean dining hall because we all have to eat."

Walker, a four year starter at running back at Lakeside, rushed for more than 1300 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior. He was recognized as All-DeKalb County and All-Region in 2014. A weapon on special teams with blazing speed, Walker had a 99-yard kickoff return and a 99-yard punt return go for touchdowns on the season. Even though the Vikings finished 3-7, Walker triggered the offense to the second highest scoring total in the region.

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