Could Edison's Walden Be The Next Starks?

In my spring tour around the state of Florida, I saw a number of major college prospects. Not many were in the same league as Edison cornerback Terrell Walden. At 5-foot-11 and 150 pounds, he reminds me a lot of Duane Starks.

Walden began his career at Edison as a wide receiver, but has since become a top notch cornerback.

"I played mostly wide receiver last season," Walden said. "I was still learning to play cornerback. Now that's behind me, so I think a lot more people will start to notice."

Yes, he only goes 5-11 and 150, but it doesn't matter to me. When Starks was a senior at Miami Beach High School several years ago, he stood 5-foot-9 and 150 pounds. But college coaches didn't care, because they knew Starks was an outstanding football player. The same applies here with Walden.

Arguably the state's fastest prospect, Walden ran a 4.37 at the NIKE Camp on grass.

"It was during track season, and I wasn't well rested," he said. "If we did it again today, I'd probably get around a 4.32."

Either way, Walden is the fastest player on any field he steps onto.

"I can do it all," he said. "Play both sides of the ball and still dominate."

I can't argue. Neither can those who have played against him.

Walden was so impressive at the NIKE Camp that Student Sports Magazine named Walden to their NIKE Camp All-American team, recognizing the elite players from all 12 camps.

"I didn't go to any college camps this summer because I was told that if you only go to one, everyone thinks you're leaning to that one school. That's why I just ran track all summer instead."

Walden just returned from a national track meet in North Carolina.

Walden was recently named to the Student Sports Magazine national Top 100 list, and he's also a member of Florida Prep Football Magazine's Top 50. In my opinion, he's the No. 3 cornerback prospect in the state behind Glenn Sharpe and Devin Hester, but he has the upside to really shoot up the charts this fall.

"I appreciate you calling about me," Walden said. "I've seen other people doing reports on me, but I never talked to them. You and a dude named Skip (Nugent of Florida Prep Football Magazine) are the only two reporters that have ever called me."

Despite not being known by too many people nationally, Walden had a busy May.

"A lot of coaches called me," he said. "I have scholarship offers from Michigan State, Auburn, LSU, and Rutgers."

Walden says that will change after five games this season.

"Mark it down, by the fifth game of the season, everyone will know about me and I'll have a lot more options."

Does Walden indicate any favorites?

"I'll play anywhere," he said. "I just want to get an opportunity."

This standout will get that opportunity, mark it down. And when he does, remember the name. I've seen all the elite prospects in this state in person this year and Walden is definitely one of them.

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