Phil Walker says he thinks the Orange are about to turn things around – and he's just the kind of playmaker that will help
"All you need on defense is a few playmakers," said Phil Walker, a two-star linebacker prospect from Florida's talent-laden Broward County.
Walker was talking about a Syracuse defense that has been short on playmakers, something that Walker believes he can be for the Orange. Walker says that the Orange have offered him a scholarship.
The 6-foot, 210 pound prospect from Cypress Bay High School in Westin, Florida, has a full calendar. His January is "jam-packed" with visits, as he put it. He'll head to Syracuse on January 23rd, one weekend after a trip to Marshall. He also plans on visiting Illinois, and visited Northern Illinois this past weekend.
Syracuse recently began recruiting Walker. Recruiting coordinator and offensive line coach Greg Adkins was given the heads-up about Walker while combing through the junior college ranks. After seeing his film, Adkins was immediately on the phone with Walker, who made the UA/Scout All-Combine Team in Miami last spring.
"I know the old staff is gone," said Walker. "I see that Syracuse is about to turn things around."
Walker says he's can't wait to meet new head coach Doug Marrone.
"I know he isn't coming in there to lose. He's going to make something happen."
Walker had a great senior season for the Cypress Bay Lightning, racking up 16 sacks, forcing three fumbles, recovering two fumbles, and making 70 tackles.