When Moore (Okla.) Southmoore took the field in 2014, everybody knew about some of the young talent on the team.
But one name might trump them all in recruiting circles in 2018 offensive lineman Brey Walker. Incredibly tough to start as an offensive tackle as a freshman in the highest classification in the state, Walker fared rather well in his first season.
“The speed of the game,” said Walker about what was the toughest challenge. “The guys were all a lot bigger and stronger, but I thought I got adjusted to it pretty good toward the end of the year.”
Walker was one of several in-state recruits at the Opening regional event Sunday at Arlington (Texas) Lamar High. Some might not have known his name heading into the event, but just about everybody does now after a stellar showing.
For as good as Walker is now, it’s obvious he also has so much more room to grow. But it’s that potential that led Oklahoma State to offer him last month out of the blue.
“I was really surprised, not expecting that at all,” Walker said. “A scholarship as a freshman? I hadn’t heard of that. I thought they were kidding at first.”
Walker is also an accomplished wrestler and made the state wrestling tournament last month and has received initial interest from Stanford about wrestling.
He was eliminated in the quarterfinal by OU football signee Marquise Overton, but he said he plans to win the next three championships. He was also the only wrestler to beat Overton during the season. He likes wrestling, but he loves football.
Right now he’s taking everything in, and there’s one school he would love to hear from sooner than later.
“My first option is to go to OU (Oklahoma),” Walker said. “If they don’t start showing interest by like my junior year, that could change. My second option would be Miami. I like that atmosphere, the weather, everything there seems pretty nice.”
Walker is a long way from having to make any sort of decision, and if Sunday is an indicator of things, the best is yet to come.