Off-Season a Top Priority for Walker

What athletes do in the off-season is a direct reflection of what ultimately happens on the field. For Spring Westfield quarterback Jacoby Walker, preparation comes first. And while his recruitment is a priority, it is not first in line. SoonersIllustrated talked with Walker to see how things are going in the off-season and on the recruiting front.

When it comes to recruiting, some of the top athletes keep things all in perspective. While college recruiting is important to Spring (TX) Westfield quarterback Jacoby Walker that is not his primary focus at the moment.

"Right now I am not really focused on recruiting," Walker said. "We are in off season right now and that what I am focused on right now. With recruiting, I am just kind of taking it as it goes."

Even though Walker is working more on fundamentals and building his team up, that has not stopped coaches from pursuing the signal caller. At the moment, he has offers from Oklahoma State and Nebraska and feels like Illinois, Kansas, and Northwestern are coming soon.

His junior day invites include: Oklahoma, LSU, Florida State, Houston, and the two schools that have offered him. But the focal point right now is him working on getting better and prepared for the next level.

"I am working on the little things like getting quicker with my feet and my passing," Walker said. "Of course I want to get faster and working on my reads. Most of the schools are recruiting me as a quarterback so I want to work on getting better. I am also gaining weight as well."

He is now 6-foot-2, and weighs in at 211 pounds. With recruiting just moving along, Walker has been keeping in touch with some of the schools listed above.

That includes the Oklahoma program as well.

"I talked to Oklahoma by email and right now I am hearing from a few of the coaches on staff," Walker said. "Coach (Bob) Stoops has stopped by the school earlier this year. And, Coach (Josh) Heupel came by the school about two weeks ago and was watching me throw. He told my coach that he liked my work ethic and wanted to make sure I kept in touch with him (Heupel). I want to get to know this coaching staff."

Without making a trip to Norman, Walker does have some interest in the Sooner program. He has looked into the depth chart some and realized that there may be a spot for him if Oklahoma is where he will end up.

"As far as the quarterback situation at Oklahoma, I know that Sam (Bradford) will be a junior so there could be an opportunity there for me," Walker said. "Plus, they do a lot of things offensively that we do here (at Westfield). They do a lot of pass and run just like us. I like their offense."

At Westfield, Walker had plenty of capable targets, which helped him generate just under 2,100 yards passing and 20 touchdowns to eight interceptions. He had a completion rating of 68 percent.


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