RECRUITING: Small School Guy Has Big Time Talent

While Mississippi may be the least populous state in the southeastern United States, it annually produces its share of eye-opening football talent. Olive Branch High School isn't one of the larger schools in the state, but there aren't many that can match its three top of the line Division I prospects. While it is tough to get kids to leave the state, all three from Olive Branch have shown more than a passing interest in the Florida Gators.

(Allen Walker profile)

Olive Branch's Allen Walker plays both sides of the ball so well that it is a tossup whether he'll play offense or defense at the next level. The Gators think he could be a quality player either as a safety or as a wide receiver. In fact, most of the schools high on his list are taking the same route as Florida, recruiting him as an athlete capable of playing on either side of the ball. Walker has done the camp circuit this summer so he's become a well known commodity.

"I've been a little busy," the 6-2, 200 pound Walker said. "I camped at Tennessee … it was pretty good. I liked the LSU camp the best and I also went to the Ole Miss camp. I didn't make it to Florida with my teammates."

Teammates Markeith and Anthony Summers camped at Florida and left an impression on the Gator coaching staff. The interest was mutual because both of them have Florida in the lead in the recruiting race. As for Walker, he doesn't call his top schools a final list, but he does a few schools that are definitely in the hunt.

"I haven't really narrowed it down, but I have an idea of who I like," he said. "Right now it is Florida, LSU, Nebraska, and Ole Miss."

It shouldn't be a surprise that Florida has a shot to land this talented athlete. He's had the Gators on his radar since he was a kid. He talked about the Gators and the other schools that are going after him hard.

FLORIDA: "I just liked them when I was little and for a long time," he said. "When I talked to my teammates after they visited, they said they liked it a lot, so they got me more interested. I talked to them about coming gown on the 22nd of July, but I am not sure if I am going to be able to make it to that. They are recruiting me as a wide receiver and defensive back. I like both and will play either."

LSU: "I like the way they recruit and I like the stadium a lot."

NEBRASKA: "Nebraska is recruiting me hard. Coach (John) Blake … I think he is from Mississippi too, I like him and can relate to him."

OLE MISS: "I like Coach (Ed)Odgeron and the energy he brings. He gets fired up for no reason it seems like."

Allen Walker doesn't claim a timetable to make his decision. He will take some more time from his busy schedule and listen t what he needs to listen to. His skill on either side of the ball would be an asset to whatever program gets him, but they will be waiting to hear the magic words from his mouth.

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