DB KENRONTE WALKER 6'0" 205 4.4 Fayetteville (NC) Westover & C.C.S.F.
(First name is pronounced ken-RON-tay)
Walker is a junior college transfer who enrolled at Missouri for the spring semester and will be able to participate in spring camp when it opens in March. He will be classified as a junior for 2010. Walker is a versatile and physical defender who could play corner or safety. A prep quarterback who developed into a highly-coveted defensive back after playing for one of the most successful and well-known junior college programs in the nation, City College of San Francisco, where he played with current Tigers Jarrell Harrison and Josh Tatum, under Coach George Rush. Kenronte saw his way onto the field as a true freshman, and notched 36 tackles while adding 5 pass break ups, 1 interception and 2 quarterback sacks.
His high school coach is George Colthrop. His father is Kenneth Walker. He's interested in studying radiology at Mizzou, and lists working out, playing basketball and hanging with his family as his hobbies. He chose Missouri over
Oklahoma State, Houston, South Carolina, and Washington, among others.
Missouri Assistant Coach Barry Odom was the primary recruiter on Walker, and talked a little bit about his new safety. "He's been here on campus since January. He's going through the 6:00 A.M. workouts. He's been doing really well. He'll help us on the back end. He's a great kid, great character. So far, he's fitting in very well from what we need on our football team."
JP: "Cannot have enough fast,athletic defensive backs. Walker is a player that can cover and play the run. He will play safety for the Tigers since it is a position of need, but he has the skills to play cornerback. As we have see in the past, having a safety who can play strong against the pass is something the Tigers really need."
Greg: "Walker is a very talented athlete who has the speed, and covers well enough, to play corner, but it appears at this point that he'll play safety for the Tigers. The Tigers are not deep at safety, and I expect that Walker will rise quickly onto the two-deep. By fall camp, I expect Walker to challenge for a starting job, or to at least be in the mix for playing time in Missouri's nickel and dime packages."