Walker Focused On Finishing Strong

D'Andre Walker talks about his team's win over Creekside and the importance of finishing strong as a senior.

Fairburn, Ga.--For talented defensive end and four-star prospect D'Andre Walker the recruiting process has been a steady flow since a monster junior season for Langston Hughes High. While he’s in his final year of high school and only a few months away from making a college decision, Walker is choosing to delay things as much as possible by putting his focus on helping his team win games on Friday nights.

That was on display when Langston Hughes faced rival Creekside on Friday night in front of a packed house at home. Jumping out to a 21-0 lead, Walker and his teammates were in good shape until a late run by the Indians made it a close game. Scoring a touchdown with less than two minutes ahead to pull within a single point, Creekside was hit with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and missed the extra long, extra point kick.

Holding on for the one-point victory in a rollercoaster type of game took its toll on Walker. Exhausted and emotional, he could only sit on the field following the victory and take everything in. Knowing how important it was for his team after they lost their starting quarterback last week, Walker said he can’t say enough good things about his team for the way it battled.

“I feel like everybody’s hard work paid off, even our second string quarterback,” Walker said. “He stepped up and played a big role, a very big role. Just to see him ball was shocking.

“It’s also shocking when people say I’m not a run stopper,” he added. “If you sit back and look at the game they didn’t run to my side, and when they did it was bad luck. It it wasn’t me it was the linebackers, somebody was coming down and causing chaos.”

Walker is extremely athletic and has similar skills to former Auburn standout Dee Ford

Facing off against Auburn commitment Marquel Harrell at one tackle for Creekside and Tennessee commitment Venzel Boulware on the other side, it could be considered a challenge or showcase game for Walker, but he said that’s not something that is on his mind.

“I don’t even think about it,” Walker said. “Everybody is great in their own way. Everybody is good. It doesn’t matter if it’s mentally with your school work or something, everybody is great.”

Saying that he plans to visit Georgia on Saturday to see the Bulldogs face off against Clemson, Walker said at the moment it’s not a recruiting visit, but more of a chance to spend time with his friends.

“I don’t think about it,” Walker said. “I want to have fun, one more year with my brothers. Wherever my brothers want me to be happy and where I can picture myself happy, that’s what I see. Where everybody can come see me ball or if I want to come back and see the younger ones play, that’s just what I think about and how I feel.”

Saying that he keeps in touch with Auburn Defensive Line Coach Rodney Garner, Walker said having teammate Montavious Atkinson committed to the Tigers doesn’t hurt their chances, but he’s not close to making a decision at the moment.

“It would be great to play with him and I know he would love to play with me,” Walker said. “Everybody has their own ways. If that’s what he wants to do then that’s what he wants to do.

“I think about it, but I don’t think about it too deep,” he added. “I don’t want to get sidetracked this season. I want to go out with a bang. I remember our ninth grade year and losing and how in the past everybody doubted us. We come together and play as a family.”


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