RECRUITING: Hard Hitting Walker Has 5 On List

Allen Walker is an all-star on either side of the ball, but it is what he does on defense that has recruiters beating a path to Olive Branch, Mississippi. As a wide receiver, Walker can break open a game any time he touches the ball. As a safety, he can break the will of any wide receiver who dares to step foot in the middle of the field.

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"I have good speed and leg work," said Walker, a 6-2, 200-pounder who has 4.55 speed in the 40. "I like to hit and want to hurt people when I hit them."

In eight games, this four star-rated (by safety/wide receiver has 38 tackles, two sacks, an interception, and three fumble recoveries on defense. On offense he has nine catches for over 260 yards. It's true he can change a game on offense once he gets his hands on the ball, but it is the way he hits people that has him ranked the fifth best safety in the country.

Last Friday night Walker helped Oilve Branch to an easy win over Swan Lake, racking up his season high in tackles along the way. "We won 38-8 against Swan Lake Friday," he said. "I had two catches for 60 yards and a touchdown. I had about nine tackles on defense. We are 8-1 and leading the district."

It is no wonder he gets a lot of calls from coaches and almost daily, there's some coach from somewhere dropping by his school. Among the many schools trying to woo him, two stand out more than others.

"The phone is ringing a lot," he said. "Ole Miss and the Gators are recruiting me the hardest."

Overall he has maintained a fairly constant list of favorite schools: Florida, Mississippi, LSU and Clemson. Recently, however, Mississippi State has been making a push and unlike most schools, the Bulldogs like Walker best as an offensive playmaker.

"They just started recruiting me hard," he said. "I just like the way they are recruiting me and they want me to play wide receiver."

He says he likes LSU because "they win" and Clemson because "I just like their program." Ole Miss is closest to his high school and the Rebels are making a push for all of the prospects at Olive Branch, something that plays into their favor.

Ole Miss is in a transition year but that's playing into the Rebels favor with Walker, who says, "I like the new coaches a lot and they are the closest."

Florida may have the advantage of being Walker's childhood favorite. He's been a Gator fan for quite some time now and Florida is definitely recruiting Walker as an enforcer in the middle of the field.

"I just always have liked the Gators," he said. "I saw them on television and their defense is real good, but I think I can come in and play. Coach (Doc) Holliday is a pretty good guy and he came up to watch us play a game. Florida is the only official visit I have set up right now, for sometime in January."

His school year is going well and expressed that he doesn't have any hard classes right now. His favorite subjects are history and U.S. government, but his plans after football will probably be along the management lines.

Florida definitely has Allen Walker on its radar but it could be awhile before the Gators will know if he's Gainesville bound. Walker could prove to be a signing day surprise for one very lucky school.

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