Productive Wideout Hoping To Snag Offer

After a solid year last season for wide receivers in Alabama this year's class isn't expected to be as good, however Huntsville High's A.J. Walker put up huge numbers as a junior and hopes that translates into an offer down the road.

Huntsville, Ala.--Huntsville High School has perhaps the top pair of wide receivers in Alabama this season and one of the dynamic duo is physical A.J. Walker.

A 6-1, 195-pounder with good speed and athleticism, Walker is still waiting on his first offer to come across the table, but says that he's hearing from collleges all over the South after a strong junior campaign last year.

"I'm hearing from a lot of people, but there are no offers yet," Walker tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I'm just waiting it out. I'm hearing from Alabama, Memphis, Oregon, West Virginia, Ole Miss, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt and was hearing some from Clemson.

"I spoke with Coach (Don) Dunn a couple of times from Auburn. If they start recruiting me hard I'll definitely be interested in them."

A two-year starter for Huntsville, Walker had a terrific junior season in 2005 alongside fellow standout receiver Quindarius Carr, who does have an offer from Auburn.

Despite just getting half of the passes thrown his way, Walker caught 49 balls for 815 yards and 11 touchdowns. Throw in two kickoff returns for touchdowns and you have a great career for many high school receivers and Walker accomplished it all in just one season.

In addition to his exploits on the football field, Walker also excels on the basketball court and the track for Huntsville High. Last season he played both and performed well in the state track meet recently where he finished 11th in the 200 meters with a time of 22.84 seconds and 13th in the 100 meters with a time of 11.44.

His 100 time was .06 seconds behind Auburn signee Zaccheus Etheridge. He says that his speed on the field is just one of the best parts of his game as he heads into his senior season.

"I feel like my strengths are my speed and my strength," Walker notes. "I'm starting to run better routes and they're becoming more crisp and fluid. That is what I have been working on. I use my size and speed to my advantage and I have big, strong hands so I'm able to come out with the ball in traffic."

A good student, Walker is having to adjust his camp visits around his academic work this summer. One of those times is coming up next week as he returns home from a weekend visit to Vanderbilt for camp to prepare for the ACT. Despite already getting a 20 on the test to go along with his 3.0 GPA, Walker says that he'll take it again before going to Alabama's camp the next Sunday.

While he's still waiting on an offer, Walker says that Carr has already received several offers and got his latest from Alabama Monday night. They join Auburn, South Carolina and Marshall as teams on board for the speedy Carr. Walker hopes that his invitations to the dance don't take too long to come in.

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