Signee Update: Brian Walker

North Carolina signee Brian Walker qualified for the NCHSAA 4A State Track Meet this Saturday in several events.

In the 4A West Regional Meet this past Saturday, Walker qualified for the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.15 seconds. The cornerback was also a part of Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek's 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams, which both placed first in the regional meet and will compete at the state meet.

"It's going real good," Walker said. "I'm pretty excited about states."

Walker also competed in the 100-meter dash at the regional meet, but his time fell short of qualifying. His best time this season is 10.58 seconds, but he clocked an 11.04-second time in the finals of the regional meet.

"My times in the 100 just wavered [throughout the season]," Walker said. "Some days I would run a good time and some days I would run an average time."

Since he's been running track this spring, Walker has focused on just the lifting portion of the workout regimen UNC sends its signees.

Thanks to his routine, Walker says he's now sporting 184 pounds on his 5-foot-11 frame – up four pounds from the football season. His goal is to be a solid 185 by the 2013 season opener.

The UNC coaching staff has provided Walker, who is academically qualified, with very concise instructions for when he arrives on campus on June 17.

"They told me to come in ready to play," Walker said. "I'm going in with the mindset that I'm going to be on the field."

To get an idea of what to expect, Walker spent a full day at UNC during the week leading up to its Spring Game. That visit included a spring practice.

"They do a lot during a period, but it seems like practice goes by pretty fast," Walker said. "It didn't seem overwhelming. I think I'll be able to start working as soon as I get up there."

Walker says he'll continue to wear No. 28, his high school number, during his UNC career.

"[No. 28] was given to me my freshman year [at Mallard Creek], so I just stuck with it," Walker said.

Walker has discussed rooming together with fellow Charlotte native and incoming freshman Desmond Lawrence. The UNC coaching staff told Walker and Lawrence that they will be joined by T.J. Logan and another incoming freshman.

Walker plans to major in journalism.

"I got to look a lot at the (major) during my official visit and I really enjoyed it," Walker said.

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