2013 Target: Brian Walker

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- A scholarship offer from North Carolina shook up the recruitment of Brian Walker, a 5-foot-9, 168-pound cornerback from Mallard Creek.

Scouting Report

"He's the best cover guy that we've had since this program has started," Mallard Creek head coach Mike Palmieri said. "He has great speed and good ball skills."

Prep Career

Walker became a fulltime starter for Mallard Creek as a junior, forming one of the top – if not the top – cornerback duos in North Carolina with Anthony Covington.

"Having him and Anthony, we can put a lot of pressure on teams with eight, nine guys because we don't have to worry about the receivers so much," Palmieri said. "You might beat those guys once, but you're not going to make a living testing those guys. And we have two really good safeties too. When you have two good corners, it gives you a lot of leeway to attack."

Walker ended his junior season with 38 tackles and three interceptions.

Recruitment

Walker received his first scholarship offer at Auburn's camp last summer.

"That happened towards the end of the camp [last summer]," Walker said. "So it really wasn't expected. I guess [the Auburn coaching staff] just really liked my performance at the camp and decided to offer."

Since then, Minnesota, North Carolina, NC State, and South Carolina have offered, with UNC being the most recent. The UNC offer was extended last Wednesday during a phone conversation with Larry Fedora.

"[Fedora] talked about the program, how he wants me to start visiting some more, and he offered me," Walker said. "[The offer] was huge, because I've always had an interest in them."

The offer immediately thrusts UNC into Walker's favorite schools list.

"Right now, I would have to say [UNC] is No. 2 behind NC State," Walker said. "NC State, I talk to them on a daily basis. Coach [Tom] O'Brien comes up to the school regularly and talks to me and Marquez [North] about coming down there and seeing what it's about – I've been down there two or three times. I have a pretty good relationship with them.

"For Carolina, I just like Coach Fedora's personality. He's real energetic. He seems like he's changing things around there. Plus I know a player there, Marquise Williams, and he tells me good things."

Walker will make his first visit to UNC on Wednesday. Accompanied by teammates Covington and North, Walker will attend the Tar Heels' basketball game against Duke.

The past three weekends, Walker has attended junior days at NC State, Clemson and South Carolina. He's considering upcoming junior days at Virginia, Tennessee, and Wake Forest.

Extra Notes

Walker is joining Mallard Creek's track team this spring to further increase his speed and stay in shape… Walker has a couple cousins currently enrolled at NC State.

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