BRANDON WALKER, OG, 6'3, 320, 5.1, COFFEYVILLE COMMUNITY COLLEGE, KANSAS:
Brandon Walker has taken the Jayhawk Conference by storm this year by dominating opponents in the trenches and playing at a high level.
Walker went to high school just outside of Detroit, Mich. at Oak Park where he was a three-year starter at both offensive and defensive tackle. Walker was drawing a lot of attention from Wisconsin, Toledo, Bowling Green and Illinois until they found out he wasn't eligible.
In fact, he was close to signing with Toledo until he learned that he wouldn't qualify.
"I think going to junior college has helped me out a great deal," said Walker. "Sure, I would have liked to sign D-1 and I could have, but it didn't work out that way and I am happy with where I am at. This has given me a chance to improve my technique and adjust to the speed of the game. I really don't think it is that much different, but I am playing against better players in every game and I do a pretty good job adjusting to that."
Walker redshirted after tearing a ligament in his hand early last year which required surgery, but this year he has stepped right in and played some great football at right tackle.
"I think I am playing pretty well," said Walker. "I probably played my best game of the year last week against Independence. I was named the National Offensive Player of the Week by the NCJAA."
Walker can bench 405 pounds and he posted a 540 squat in high school. He has also posted a 27-inch vertical jump.
Walker has been offered by Oklahoma, Michigan State and Kansas.
"I am not leaning towards anybody, but I would say my favorite would be Michigan State because that is home," said Walker. "I can't say I am leaning towards anybody until I take my visits. I think high about Oklahoma, because of their history. I have never seen their school and need to take a look at them in person.
"They are very impressive as they have played in the National Championship game the last two years. Coach (Kevin) Wilson told me that he is only going to have seven offensive linemen returning the spring, so that is very appealing to me."
Walker has yet to set any visits, but hopes to have all of them in place the next two weeks. Coffeyville does not have a bye week, so he will have to wait until after the season to take his visits.
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