Tennessee athlete likes Navy

Chris Walker received an offer from Navy in early July to go with three previous offers from Austin Peay State, Air Force, and Cornell. The 6-foot, 190-pound athlete out of Lewisburg, Tenn., plays wide receiver, running back, and safety. He told GoMids.com that after learning more about both the Falcons and the Midshipmen, he's giving the idea of a military academy "strong consideration".

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"Coach Ingram [of Navy] had asked for my information a week before the offer," said Walker who stars for Marshall County High School. "He called back after he received the information and gone over it and told me they were ready to offer me. They liked my grades off-the-field and my ability to play a lot of different positions on-the-field. He said I was so versatile that I could play anywhere. He didn't specify a position, but I'm pretty sure they like me at wide receiver or possibly safety.

"I really like the Naval Academy a lot. I'm actually looking closely at both Navy and the Air Force Academy. Both would be tough, a real challenge, but I'm looking at where they can take me in life. I hadn't thought about the military but when Air Force came in with their offer, followed by Navy, I'm thinking about it pretty hard. I'm going to try to make it up to Annapolis sometime this fall to go to a game."

Walker said that Navy and Austin Peay State have offered him as an athlete, but Air Force and Cornell like him at wide receiver. To generate some more D1 attention, Walker camped at Vanderbilt and Western Kentucky over the summer.

"I did pretty good (at the camps)," he said. "I felt like I held my own against some pretty good competition that was there. The coaches at Vanderbilt invited back for a game in the fall. The coaches at Western requested my email address. I'm also hearing from Furman and I'm starting to hear a little from N.C. State.

"Either one of the service academies sound like a great way to go with their academics, but, to be honest, I haven't really thought about commiting or making a final decision on college yet. My main focus is on my team and winning. Our goal is to make it to at least the fourth round of the playoffs and that's where my focus is right now, not on myself. We have a good new coach and we're ready for a big season."

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