Line Forms For Memphis LB

While Chris Donald remains the top in-state target at the linebacker position, he isn't the only linebacker from Tennessee the Vols have offered, nor is he the only Chris.

UT has also offered Chris Walker, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound linebacker from Memphis Christian Brothers High School. A first-team all-state selection for his play as a junior, Walker recorded 83 tackles, including 10.5 for losses with four sacks and a noteworthy nine caused fumbles to lead Christian Brothers to the Division II title game.

A starter since his sophomore season at CBHS, Walker has the speed (4.6), quickness and instincts to be an impact player on the outside at the next level. He could also be used at tight end. Although lean, Walker has a formidable frame that could easily carry 240-pounds, if needed. He is devoting himself to improving his strength (265 in bench and 420 in the squat), however his technique and athleticism are superb.

Walker also plays basketball at Christian Brothers and it shows in his quick feet. Unfortunately, an ankle sprain prevented him from being showcased at last weekend's Scout.com Combine at Oxford, Miss. Still that didn't keep onlookers from being impressed with what he exhibited in limited participation.

It's also reflected in the volume of offers he has received the last month. Tennessee joined the official chase with it own offer on April 26, and the Vols are listed among his top choices. With competition from the likes of Alabama, Miami, LSU, Clemson, Auburn, Arkansas and Louisville, it's ironic that UT could lose out on Walker's services even if he stays in the state, as both Memphis and Vanderbilt are serious contenders. Ole Miss is also positioned to make a strong run.

"I am interested in all of the schools who have offered me," Walker told Scout.com's Yancy Porter. "But if I had to name seven schools it would be Alabama, LSU, Miami, Vanderbilt, Louisville, Memphis, and Tennessee."

Walker has taken unofficial visits to Mississippi State, Louisville, Alabama, Kentucky, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt. A solid student he has a 3.0 GPA and is awaiting the results of his ACT which he took for the first time last month.

"Academics is the first thing with me," he said regarding his criteria for choosing a college. "I will also look at their facilities, weight room, their coaches, and how I would fit into their defensive scheme."

A large linebacker that can run, read, react, rip away the football and wreak havoc on offenses would fit into any defensive scheme.


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