2011 Intro: Deion Walker

MATTHEWS, N.C. --- Deion Walker might be the lightning in Butler's high powered offense, but don't assume he's one-dimensional. The 5-foot-10, 190-pounder is an all-around ‘back that is just as capable of running inside as he is outside.

"He's a guy that's big and powerful – because he's 190 pounds – and strong as an ox," Newsome said. "I like to compare him to a Knowshon Moreno-type guy that can run extremely well, but is also powerful enough to run the ball up the middle, too. He's very, very special with his hands around the football."

In Butler's base formation, the one-back spread, Walker lines up at slot receiver, which is called the "H-back" in Butler's balanced, multiple-scheme spread offense.

"The thing about Deion is Deion has great hands [as a receiver]," Newsome said. "…From that slot position, he gets to carry the ball on jet sweeps and buck sweeps."

When Butler lines up in a two-back set, Walker is the second running back with Jahwan Edwards. In an I-formation, Walker is the tailback, with Edwards as the fullback. In a shotgun split-back set, Walker and Edwards sandwich quarterback Christian LeMay.

"It really gives us a lot of options because we have a guy like Jahwan who is our thumper and then Deion is our lighting guy," Newsome said.

Last season, Walker rushed for 707 yards and 11 touchdowns on 93 carries (7.6-yard average). He also caught 18 passes for 334 yards and a couple of scores.

Additionally, Walker returns kickoffs for Butler. He accumulated 432 yards on 16 returns last season.

Schools like Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia Tech have expressed interest in Walker. Illinois actually verbally offered at one point, but backed off after changes within its coaching staff.

"Everybody has talked about how they love both [Walker and Edwards]," Newsome said. "Running backs are just the last guys [offered], unless they're just phenoms.

"The thing is with [Edwards and Walker] you don't look at them because neither one of them had 1,000 yards rushing. We didn't have a kid on our team that had 1,000 yards rushing, but we had seven kids that had over 500 yards rushing because we give the ball to a bunch of different people. The stats aren't going to jump out at you, so they're going to have to impress coaches with their play."

Walker plans to impress coaches with his play on the summer camping circuit. He's considering camping at Clemson, Georgia, UNC, and Virginia Tech.

With so much uncertainty, Walker isn't favoring any schools.

"I'm just looking for somewhere to fit in," Walker said. "I'm just looking at [each school's] offense and see how the depth chart is."

Walker has made unofficial visits to South Carolina and Virginia Tech.

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