Cowboys Offer Freshman Brey Walker

In a move that honestly we've never seen before but one that makes a lot of sense, the Oklahoma State Cowboys have offered a 2018 prospect already. Yes, that means a freshman from this past football season and a freshman you can still see compete this weekend at the Oklahoma State High School Wrestling Championships in Class 6A in Southmoore's heavyweight Brey Walker.

The 6-6, 280-pound Walker is impressive to watch as you just don't think a freshman is that big. He is and the best thing about it is he's not fat or overweight. He is proportionate and athletic for his size with his wrestling results a great example of that.

In fact, it would be well worth the price of admission Friday at the Big House on the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds as Walker takes on Oklahoma signee and Jenks All-State nose tackle Marquis Overton in his first-round match. Walker comes in Friday with a 32-2 record and Overton is 34-1.

"He works very hard and he is smart," Southmoore head coach Jeremy Stark said of Walker. "He's not a fluke and he can move and looks athletic out on the field, and obviously on the wrestling mat as well.

"He is going to continue to improve and his experience in wrestling is only helping him. I don't know how much growing he has left but he will mature physically and get stronger. I can say we're really glad we have him."

Stark is in his first season as head coach at Southmoore and explained that Walker did not start right away, but after an injury two games deep into the season he was plugged in at right tackle and never became unplugged.

When you watch him on tape you can see that he was still feeling his way through some of the techniques at that position and at that level, but because he was so much bigger than many of his blocking targets he could come in too high or off balance and still put the defender on his back with his strength.

As the season continued you could see Walker get better each and every week. He was especially effective blocking on the run and pulling from the off side to the point of attack. Moving into defenders with momentum made it that much more effective when he delivered a punch.

"I think the biggest adjustment for him was the speed of the game, and we helped him with that in practice," Stark added. "He still has so much more improving to do and it is going to be a lot of fun to be a part of this."

Stark said he became aware of Walker when he moved into the area and here was this middle school kid that looked like a full grown man. He also added that he wasn't surprised that colleges became aware of Walker already. Oklahoma State is the first offer but other schools have made Walker and Southmoore aware that they know about him.

This past weekend in the wrestling regionals we can only imagine that anybody in the building would have shared the knowledge of this huge freshman that pinned his first two opponents in 21 and then 20 seconds. Gage Johnson of Norman North scored a 2-1 decision on Walker to knock him into the consolations and then Walker handled Stillwater heavyweight Kameron Linsenmeyer by pinning him in 1:41 to earn his ticket to the state meet starting this Friday.

Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy is a former wrestler and no doubt is aware of how the talent in big wrestlers in high school translates very well to the football field in college. However, this one is a player you will have to wait on for awhile as he is only a freshman.

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