Upgrading the roster is something that coach Rich Brooks intends to do with his Wildcats. The Walker brothers are two pieces of that puzzle. "When you talk about Myron Walker, he's very strong. He's got a big upper body; lots of strength," said coach Roth. "He can beat double teams and he handles trap blocks very well. He runs well too," said Roth.
"Jarvis Walker is a big rangy kid," said Roth. "He can cover a lot of ground with his long strides. He's very football smart. He lines up the defensive back field. He knows what everybody is supposed to do," said Roth.
Even with the range of skills they possess, there are still aspects that they both need to improve. "I think they've got to realize that the speed of the game will be unbelievable," said Roth. "They have to improve their work ethics. The physical parts of practice, just things like that they'd have to get used to," said Roth. "They'll also have to learn that there are guys as good as you on the roster."
As with most freshman, there will be an adjustment period. Both players will need a little time to get used to college football, especially at the SEC level. "With Myron, people look at his height. But Lamar Mills did it at UK. It's going to be a big adjustment," said Roth. "I think they'll both be sophomores when they really start to contribute," he finished.
Another question about Jarvis Walker is what position he's best suited for at Kentucky. "Some people say he can play linebacker. He's about 200 pounds. He'd have to gain more weight," said Roth. "He's kind of a tweener. UK's recruiting him as a safety," Roth said.
So what made these two Louisiana kids choose the Wildcats? "I'm not sure. They made the summer tours this summer to schools they were interested in. They came back from Kentucky and told me they were committed. They've been solid. They haven't waivered at all; haven't taken any visits (to other schools). Coach Brooks and coach Heggins did a good job with them," said Roth.
Both Walkers made all district this season after leading Rummel to a 9 and 2 record and the second round of the playoffs.
The best news may be yet to come, however. "They have their ACT scores already. They are now just working on their core classes to get eligible for next fall," said Roth.