He’s already known as a four-star offensive tackle for the 2018 class. He’s already known as Oklahoma’s first commit for that group. But for Moore (Okla.) Southmoore offensive tackle Brey Walker, he’s more than that.
Football will be his calling card in the future, but it’s hard to argue his passion for wrestling. Nearly a month removed now from winning his first state championship, it’s still a tough moment for Walker to put into words.
“It was just an awesome feeling,” Walker said. “I really cannot even explain what that feeling was. Just to be known as the first person from my family to win state – it’s a really big accomplishment for me.”
Walker finished the year 31-0 and won the Class 6A heavyweight championship. It’s very possible he could have done the same as a freshman, but he was stopped by Marquise Overton.
Yes, the same Overton who played as a true freshman at defensive tackle for the Sooners in 2015. With Overton out of the way and fueled by last year’s disappointment, Walker was determined to finish things the right way this year.
It didn’t mean it was a cakewalk by any means, especially when it came to handling his emotions.
“There were a ton of nerves,” Walker said. “I was about to throw up, but I didn’t have to because my father threw up for me. I was excited, too, but I wanted to be the first in the family to win state. My father was really proud of me.”
With wrestling in the books, the focus has returned to football where Southmoore is absolutely with top talent for the 2017-18 classes and Walker leading the charge.
He committed to OU following the dominant Bedlam victory in Stillwater, like literally after the game. It was about an hour after clinching the Big 12 championship that Walker let the coaches know he was ready to be a Sooner.
He was back at practice earlier this month and will most likely attend any practice he can realistically make that doesn’t conflict with previous engagements.
As for committing too early, you’re not likely to ever hear that coming from Walker.
“It was great to get back down there,” Walker said. “I got to meet all the players and coaches again. It’s like I’m home when I’m there. I have no regrets at all. It’s not like a visit to me when I’m there. It’s my second home.”
Walker was back in football form two weeks ago at The Opening regional event in the Dallas area. Walker didn’t win the MVP for offensive linemen, but he was ranked in the top five even though he was a year younger than everybody else.
There’s no guarantee he’ll earn an invite to The Opening in July, but he is one underclassmen to watch in terms of getting that rare spot.
All the attention has been on #SoonerSquad17 as OU continues to rack up the commits en route to a No. 2 ranking by Scout as of today. Walker is one heck of a way to start the 2018 class, and he’s just waiting for more to join the fold.
“Hey, whenever they’re ready, I’m all for it,” Walker said. “I can’t wait.”