At 6-3 185-pounds, Christchurch Virginia receiver Deion Walker is an imposing presence on the flanks. Boasting a 4.45 forty and a 37-inch vertical, his combination of size and athleticism is a handful for opposing defensive back to contend with. On most nights when he steps to the line of scrimmage he presents an immediate mismatch…. much like the NFL player that he models his game after.
“I have to say that if there is any player I try to be like, it’s Randy Moss,” Walker said. “That was my favorite football player growing up. He’s tall and he’s really fast, and I’m tall and faster than most DB’s too.”
It’s clear from the number of scholarships that have come Walker’s way that his film lends credence to that comparison. It certainly didn’t take the coaches in Ann Arbor long to react what they saw.
“I just sent in my tape and no too long after that they gave me an offer,” Walker said regarding Michigan. “That was pretty exciting. I’ve always been a fan of Michigan football. It was a pretty big deal. I was very happy to get that offer.”
Michigan receivers coach Erik Campbell has been the point man in the talented youngster’s recruitment. One of the primary topics of conversation thus far has been getting the playmaking wideout on campus for a visit.
“I’ve already visited Tennessee, Alabama, Clemson, NC State, Virginia, Maryland,” Walker said. “I’ve talked to a couple of schools about going to their camps. I’m definitely thinking about it. Actually, the first time I talked to Coach Campbell we talked about going out to camp. I asked him what Michigan’s camp dates were. I think I’ll be able to make it, so I’m definitely going to try to get out there.”
Like the majority if the other programs recruiting Walker, Michigan covets him as a receiver. There are a few schools, however, that project him to be an outstanding defensive back.
“I would like to play receiver, “said Walker, “but I really don’t mind which position I play. I could play both ways. It really doesn’t matter to me.”
Another thing that won’t be an issue during Walker’s decision making process is distance from home. There are other factors that will play far more prominent roles.
“Location is not a factor for me at all,” he said. “I have family everywhere. The things I’m looking at are tradition, how I fit in, and how I relate to the coaching staff…especially my position coach. Then I’m looking at how I fit into the offense or defense depending on where they want me to play. If they want me to play receiver I want to know how many times they throw the ball. I have to do a lot of homework (laughing).”
The late additions of a few prominent programs to his list of suitors have made Walker’s evaluation process all the more daunting.
“I haven’t started to narrow down my list yet,” said Walker. “I’ve tried to do it, but every time I try I get a new offer that throws everything out of whack. I’m definitely going to wait it out. I’m probably going to start narrowing down my list in a month or month-and-a-half maybe. Michigan will definitely be in there. They will definitely be in the running.”
“I want to make my decision sometime before the season, but I just found out that you have to wait until September to take officials,” he continued. “I want to take my official visits before I make my decision… so sometime after September whenever I finish up visits.”
Walker’s plan to wrap up his recruitment as early as possible stems from his desire to concentrate more fully on his final high school season. While he clearly wants to help his team achieve its goals, there is also an individual accomplishment he is striving to reach as well.
“I’ve talked to a couple of people about the Army All American
game,” he said. “I’m not sure exactly what it takes to get
there, but I’m definitely making phone calls to try to find out what it
takes. A linebacker from my school, J'Courtney Williams, went this year. I definitely
want to keep that tradition going from my school. That’s big for me.”