Walker Looking Ahead

Mallard Creek's football season ended a game short of their ultimate goal; however Brian Walker has remained positive. The Mavericks' cornerback has already begun to focus on next season.

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This year Brian Walker (5'11/180) helped lead Mallard Creek High School to its best season in school history. The Mavericks finished the season with a 13-1 record.

"I think the season went really good, we made it step further than the year before," said Walker. "I think we achieved a lot of things and found out what different players can do. Even though we lost, we came out with a lot positive things."

Walker had a strong season individually and developed into a lockdown cornerback.

"Right now I have offers from North Carolina State, South Carolina, and Auburn," he said. "I am waiting to get my highlight tape, so I can send it out and hopefully that will help me pick up some more offers."

The junior is also hearing from Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Purdue, Clemson, and Oregon. One of those schools has really made Walker a priority.

"I would have to say Purdue is recruiting me the hardest," Walker said. "I have talked to the head coach, tight end's coach, and the offensive coordinator. I like what the team is about and what direction they are going in. I definitely have a lot of interest in them."

Walker was able to visit Clemson and Tennessee during the season.

"The Tennessee visit, I liked hospitality of the fans and how they are very supportive of the team," he said. "It was a football town and I really liked that. I also like how they play freshman and I like how energetic the coaching staff is."

"Clemson, I like their energy," said Walker. "I also love the fans over there and I also like the coaching staff. I like what they stand for and know they are going in a championship direction with what they accomplished this year."

Is there a team standing out for the defensive back?

"I would have to say I am pretty open, but Alabama is a team that really sticks out to me, and is a team I would love to have an offer from," he said.

Although the season just ended, Walker is not taking any time off.

"I have already started hitting the weight room," he said. "I also am going to work on improving my footwork and endurance."

The Mavericks' playmaker is planning to make some trips during the offseason.

"I think I am going to the Under Armour Combine," Walker said. "I am definitely trying to camp at Alabama and I also want to camp LSU, even though they don't really recruit up here."

Walker is one of the top junior prospects in the North Carolina. Unlike many corners, he plays both the run and pass extremely well. He is very physical and has a high football IQ. The Charlotte defensive back finished the season with 45 tackles, three interceptions, and four fumble recoveries. He bench presses 280 pounds and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.49 seconds.

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