East Coast RB Prospect Impressed By Tigers

New Jersey high school standout Kareem Walker talks about his visit to Auburn where he met with coaches and players while checking out the Tigers' spring football game.

Wayne, N.J.--After putting up impressive numbers as a sophomore running back, Kareem Walker is expected to be one of the top class of 2016 football prospects in the state of New Jersey.

The 5-10, 210-pound Walker rushed for 1,164 yards at 10.1 yards per carry during the 2014 season and scored 12 touchdowns for DePaul Catholic. That type of performance has earned him attention from a variety of college programs, including Auburn, where he visited for the Tigers' annual spring game.

"I enjoyed being around the players and I also enjoyed the spring game," he said of the A-Day scrimmage that drew more than 70,000 people to Jordan-Hare Stadium. "All of the fans gave me chills watching the guys play.

"I really liked he spring game," he added. "The fans are crazy about football. I definitely want to be in an environment like that."

A prospect with a very early scholarship offer from the Tigers, Walker noted that he spent the entire A-Day weekend in Auburn looking to learn more about the program and the university.

"I felt very comfortable around the players," he said. "I?really like them."

The class of 2016 prospect, who is 16 years old, also spent time with Auburn running backs coach Tim Horton, who showed Walker around the football facilities and talked to the prospect about AU's offense.

The prospect also met with Gus Malzahn, Auburn's head coach. Malzahn. "He told me to try to come back down when I can," Walker said. "He wants to get to know me more and my family."

Walker has played basketball and run track, but is currently focused on football. "I feel like it is a waste of time to play other sports," he said. "I just want to work out and work on my game."

The running back said Auburn's coaches told him they are planning to make a trip to New Jersey to see him as well as quarterback Jarrett Guarantano from Bergen Catholic in Oradell. The two prospects know each other well.

"Me and Jarrett talk all of the time about being in the same backfield together," Walker said. "I wish I could have him together with me in the same backfield in high school, but it probably isn't going to happen."

After watching Auburn in person, Walker said he believes he would be a good fit in Malzahn's offense. However, he is no hurry to pick a college, noting he will probably wait until signing day of his senior year or close to it.

Already with dozens of offers from major programs in the SEC, Big 10 and elsewhere, plenty of colleges will wait on his decision.

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