San Jose State has its eyes on a 6-foot-8 and 300-pound lineman for the class of 2016. So far, Blake Walker has flown under the radar at Visalia (Calif.) Central Valley Christian despite his size, but the Spartans extended the prospect a preferred walk-on offer to play FBS football.
“I’m really excited to get this opportunity to play D-I football,” Walker said. “It’s the dream. It’s a preferred walk-on, but I hope to turn it into something more than that and learn from all these coaches and players.”
Walker’s other college option is a partial scholarship offer from Azusa Pacific. a D-II school.
“Those coaches are really good guys,” Walker said of APU. “They know what they’re talking about. I took an official visit last month.”
As a Central California native, Walker is very familiar with SJSU. He took an unofficial visit to Spartan Stadium when the Spartans hosted the Fresno State Bulldogs. Offensive line coach Adam Stenavich has been his primary recruiter.
Walker isn’t sure if he’ll get to take an official visit, but plans to visit San Jose State in some capacity very soon, since landing the offer about three weeks ago. As a preferred walk-on, he does not have to make a commitment by Feb. 3.
“They told me I can wait and think things out,” Walker said. “I’m not going to do anything hasty.”
As an offensive lineman, Walker says his biggest strength is run blocking. He has played his high school career in a run-heavy offense, primarily at right guard, but also saw time at right tackle this year. He projects as a tackle at the next level.
“I was 6-6 and probably about 270 my freshman year,” Walker said. “About my sophomore year I was almost 6-7 and about 290. My junior year, I was about 6-7.5 and 310 or 320. I started working with a performance trainer to work on my speed and my quickness and I dropped about 20 pounds.”