J.W. Walsh: His Coach's Take

GoPokes.com interviewed the high school coach for each of the Oklahoma State commitments in the days leading up to National Signing Day. In this installment of "His Coach's Take," we visit with Guyer High School head coach John Walsh about J.W. Walsh, a 6-2, 200-pound quarterback from Denton, Texas.

What are his strengths as a football player?
John Walsh: Other then the physical part, the thing I'm most impressed with is as a quarterback he's not afraid to fail. I think just the knowledge he brings to the quarterback position, on top of the physical skills.

What do you believe will be his biggest challenge in going from high school to playing in the Big 12?
John Walsh: Just the speed of the secondary and the speed of the linebackers.

Was there one game, or maybe even one play, during his career that you'll always remember?
John Walsh: I think it would be the Longview game this year when he had three turnovers in the first half and he came back to throw three touchdown passes (in the second half), and we won it with a touchdown pass with about five seconds left.

What are three words that describe him as a football player?
John Walsh: Passion, incredible work ethic, and a winner.

Why do you think he chose Oklahoma State?
John Walsh: I think Coach Gundy had a lot to do with it. I think he wanted to go somewhere where he knew the coach was going to be there for possibly his whole career. He got to witness a couple of other quarterbacks that I coached where that wasn't the case, and I think that had a lot to do with it.

What type of impact do you expect him to have on the OSU football program?
John Walsh: That's a tough question. His impact is going to be to do his job, and if he does his job well at that position it's usually a pretty big impact.

Over the course of his college career, whether it be four or five years, what do you expect him to accomplish?
John Walsh: I would say lead that team to a Big 12 championship which leads to a national championship.

What will you remember the most about coaching him?
John Walsh: I think just the attitude he brought every day to our program. He wasn't just a game-day guy. He brought it every day, whether it was at practice or whether it was a walk-through it was something important.


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