At 5'7", many scouts might dismiss Delaware Valley Charter School running back Markeese Walker as a Division-1 running back because he is too small. Those scouts, however, have not seen him play.
Walker is a powerful package, weighing 185 pounds, and is deceptively quick for a back of that size. He runs a 4.68 40, and says his ability to burst through the line is his greatest asset.
"My strength as a running back," he said. "Is my explosiveness. I hit the hole really fast."
Delaware Valley Charter finished 9-3 this year, winning their city championship, but lost the first round of the state championship playoffs. Walker lead the team with more than 1,066 yards on 142 carries with 12 touchdowns, including a 166 yard, four touchdown performance against School of the Future (Philadelphia).
Walker also plays as a safety on the defense, and he says his strength at that position is his "closing speed to the ball." The two things he would like to work on apply to both sides of the ball, his "top end speed" and his technique.
The running back is holding offers from a bevy of small schools, but is receiving interest from bigger schools along the east coast, including Connecticut, Pittsburgh, and Maryland. The Terps have sent Walker letters expressing their interest, but have yet to call the recruit.
"I love that Maryland has a great program and tradition," he said. "[I] have no concerns about Maryland, I know that it's a business and that they are getting the best players that fit their program."
Walker received all-city and all-league honors as a sophomore and a junior.
Walker Catches Eyes With His Speed
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