What makes Allen Walker so special?
is a guy that came into the year as the only guy playing on both sides of the
ball. (Editors note - Allen had 69 tackles, 2 sacks, and 1 interception
for the season at linebacker. He also had 18 receptions for 385 yards and 8 TD's
at receiver for the 2005 campaign). As you know, our team is loaded with D1 talent,
so that tells you about his athleticism. Allen has more upside than any player
I have ever coached or coached against. He is the most talented player in Mississippi,
in my opinion. And the great thing about Allen is that he can play receiver, cornerback,
free safety, strong safety, and I think eventually, he could grow into an outside
linebacker for Ole Miss. I think the value of a guy like that is so crucial for
any program. He is just a tremendously gifted player. You are talking about a
guy that was one of the Top 20 prospects in the country by Sports Illustrated.
He was an All-South pick by Countdown to Signing day. He was a 1st Team All-State
selection for the past two years. And the thing about Allen, he is just as good
of a kid as he is a player," commented the always quotable head coach from
Olive Branch, Jamie Mitchell.
What does Allen do best on the field?
think he is going to be more physical than any player you are going to sign. He
is already 6' 2", 210. With a guy that size and with that speed, he is gong
to get on the field in a hurry for Ole Miss. He also has a great nose for the
What will Walker have to work on for the next level?
more than anything else, he needs to get an understanding on where Ole Miss wants
to play him and how they are going to use him at that position. I know they have
talked to him about playing some receiver, safety, and even linebacker. Once that
decision is made, as to where he will play, he can learn about all of the finer
points about that position. You have to understand, Allen has been a two way guy
for us since he got here. The kid has played receiver, cornerback, safety, strong
safety, linebacker, and even some defensive end for us. Allen has never had the
luxury of staying in one spot where he could really learn the position. I think
once he does that at Ole Miss, he will dominate in the SEC."
position does the head coach from Olive Branch foresee Allen playing on the next
"I really think strong safety, but he really could grow into
an outside linebacker before long."
Why did Allen choose Ole Miss
after being offered by every school in the SEC and many more of the nation's top
"I tell you what, I do not know I would wish what I have
seen go on around here the past month on my worst enemy. This past month has been
really ugly, as far as I am concerned. There has been a lot of negative recruiting
going on. I just wish these kids did not have to go through this. But, we have
been blessed to have these type of athletes in our program. There is a reason
why these coaches want these kids so bad. They can flat out turn your program
around. They are what you call program builders. Allen has been recruited by every
major program in the South and many of the top programs throughout the country.
He is our most highly recruited player to ever come out of Olive Branch. I think
Ole Miss has been with him from the beginning. He knows he can play right away,
and can be successful there. And it is only 45 minutes down the road. His family
and friends will have a chance to watch all of his games. I think those were the
deciding factors in him choosing Ole Miss. He has been leaning towards Ole Miss
for a long/long time. It was just a matter of time before he finally made up his
Where does Allen stand, academically?
"He has a
24 on the ACT test. With that ACT score, all he needs is a 2.0 Core GPA. He is
well over that. There will be no problems with Allen qualifying."
Jamie Mitchell talks about Allen Walker
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