DeSoto Coach Todd Peterman Talks Houston 4-Star Running Back Pledge Kelan Walker

DeSOTO, Texas -- Scout talked with DeSoto High head coach Todd Peterman to learn more about Houston four-star running back pledge Kelan Walker.

Houston fans, you heard it here first: expect a breakout season for four-star running back Kelan Walker from Dallas-area powerhouse DeSoto High School.

Walker looked outstanding at Wednesday's spring game. After sharing duties the past two seasons, Walker is primed for a huge senior season, said DeSoto head coach Todd Peterman.

Preserving Walker for his senior year is all part of the plan.

"Right now he's 217. He's part of our leadership council. He's an AP student. Great citizen. He's just a big, physical kid," Peterman said. "I don't believe in running backs 30 times a game until they get to be a senior. Now, we're fixing to run Kelan. He's ready. He's physically ready, and we're gonna turn him loose and let him go."

As a junior, Walker ran for 836 yards and 16 touchdowns on more than six yards per carry for a DeSoto team that finished 16-0 and won the program's first state championship, a Texas Class 6A Division II triumph over Cibolo Steele. Walker teamed with a couple of other running backs, including Howard University signee Jamonne Williams, as well as TCU quarterback signee Shawn Robinson.

Walker, who will play his third year of Class 6A varsity football, thrives as a north-south runner thanks to his size and balance. Peterman said Walker's working on his lateral mobility.

"He's gotta continue to get more flexible in his hips," Peterman said. "Really that's the No. 1 thing, hip flexibility, and that's what he's been working on and gotten a lot better at and will continue to do so."

Peterman gave Walker high marks from a personality standpoint and how he conducts himself as a teammate.

"He's incredible," Peterman said. "The highest compliment I can give a kid is I'd let him date my daughter. He's one of those guys right there that I'd let him date my daughter."

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