Is Aundrey Walker The Next Marcus Hall?

Cleveland Glenville junior offensive lineman Aundrey Walker is already drawing interest from college recruiters at this early stage of his career. Walker, an excellent student in the classroom, is being compared to former Glenville and current Ohio State player Marcus Hall. Bill Greene caught up with Walker at the school after practice and filed this report.

There is no more fertile recruiting ground in Ohio than at Cleveland Glenville High School. And that is not going to be changing any time soon, as there are no fewer than 12 legitimate Division-I prospects in the junior class alone.

One of the top prospects is offensive lineman Aundrey Walker. Walker is one of the highest-rated lineman Ohio's 2011 class and already holds an offer from Michigan State.

"Things are going great for me so far this year," Walker told of his play in 2009. "I think I've played pretty well and I hope that shows up on film. My coaches seem to be pretty pleased with how I'm doing and I've worked hard the past year to make myself a better player."

Walker is already drawing comparisons to former Glenville star Marcus Hall, who is now at Ohio State. Walker spoke of the influence Hall has had in his life.

"Marcus was a great player here and he is a mentor to me," he said. "I hate talking about myself in comparison to him, because he's accomplished so much and I really haven't done anything yet. He is a friend to me and I'm trying to follow in the same path he took. I've learned technique from him and how hard I have to work to be a better player. Marcus is a great guy and I have a lot of respect for him."

If Walker can emulate the strong work ethic exhibited by Hall it will pay huge dividends for him in the future.

"I need to work on my conditioning and getting in better physical shape," Walker said. "On the field, I need to concentrate on playing lower and I also want to focus on being more of a positive leader to my teammates. I need to show the younger players that work in the classroom comes first and they need to dedicate themselves to that aspect of their lives. Those things are the most important things to me right now."

Walker, 6-6 and 330 pounds, is also trying to prepare himself to play football in college.

"I'm doing great academically, so I think that is attractive to college coaches," he stated. "I have an offer from Michigan State right now and that's a great school that I'm very interested in. I'm interested in Texas, Michigan, Georgia, USC and Alabama right now, and a lot of other schools. It's pretty early right now so we just have to see who's interested in me."

One school surprisingly not on his list is Ohio State, which has benefited from the services of so many Glenville players in the last several years.

"I'm somewhat interested in Ohio State but I'm really not a Buckeye fan," he said. "I think I might be different than so many Glenville kids that end up at Ohio State. Sometimes I think about choosing my own path and not just following the path that so many of my friends have taken. A lot will depend on what my mom thinks. I do need to consider whether she will be able to see me play, so distance might play a part in my decision, but she has told me to find the school that's right for me. I will also take [Glenville head coach] Ted Ginn's advice on the situation as well."

"Regarding Ohio State, I just might be the one to break the mold," Walker said with a smile. "I just might want to start my career somewhere else and establish myself at a new place. I am certainly not like everybody else and I could see myself following a different path for my life. There are a lot of great schools out there, not just Ohio State. I will choose the school that best helps me achieve the best education for my future."

Academic success is not something Walker takes for granted and his actions in the classroom speak loudly.

"I want to major in forensic science or criminology," Walker said. "My ultimate goal in life is to be a forensic scientist, not an NFL football player. Too many athletes place all their hopes into football and I think that's a mistake. I love playing football, but I'm trying to think further down the road than just the next five to ten years. I want to use my college education to benefit me for the rest of my life, not just prepare me to play NFL football."

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