Walker Embraces SMU Opportunity

Scout.com spoke with Lamar wide receiver Shelby Walker after a 36-0 win in the second round of the Texas State playoffs. In the win, he was the team's leading receiver. The SMU commit was excited about the win and shared a few thoughts.

Taking advantage of an opportunity at the right time can end up being beneficial in the big scheme of things. That is what happened to Houston (Tex.) Lamar wide receiver Shelby Walker.

Last off season he was at a camp and got noticed. 

"SMU offered me before I had anything. That was before I even played varsity ball," Walker said. (Assistant) coach Jason Phillips offered me and at first I didn't even know it. I was just grinding at the camp and then a couple months later I found out. Phillips is a great guy and he recognized me before I had any schools."

It is all history now and Walker is making the most of this senior season. Right now, he is playing on an undefeated team that is coming off a 36-0 second round playoff win in which Walker had a great showing. 

The SMU commitment caught four passes for 131 yards and a 34-yard touchdown. Playing on a team that is a primary running team, this was one of the better games of the season for the 6-foot, 155-pound Walker.

"I had a pretty good game and execution. We had a great week of practice and it helped us come away with the win," Walker said.

In this contest, he and his quarterback Darrell Colbert (who is also committed to SMU) connected as Walker with the team's leading receiver in this contest. Colbert did plenty of things that were off-script and Walker was able to know where he needed to be to make the plays.

Walker spoke on how these two are able to make these kind of plays.

"It starts with the 7-on-7 and goes from there. Lots of time and practice (and after practice) to get our timing right and the little things we do," Walker said. "If I see something in coverage (or he sees something) we will take a shot."

With the two making similar college choices, it looks as though there will be more of this occurring over the next four-to-five years. The SMU coaches have seen something in Walker, looking for him to bring those skills to Dallas, Tex.

"They (SMU coaches) think I can stretch the field and I catch the ball pretty well. When me and Colbert get up there we should be able to do some great things," Walker said.

Ahmard Vital is responsible for Midlands Recruiting, mainly covering prospects in the state of Texas. He joined Scout.com in 2005 and is the author of the newly released book, Awaken the Baller Within.
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