Junior update: Waco's Marcus Walker

As promised in the Jan. 11th edition of the Inside Texas Inside Scoop -- where we reported <B>Marcus Walker's</B> impressive, shut-down performance at the U.S. Army All-American Scouting Combine -- we're brining you more on the Waco Lion. He stood out at the combine where <I>IT</I> was on-hand to observe some of the best prospects from around the nation. The House of Speed rated him as one of the top five athletes overall and it was easy to see why.

Having said all of that, his production as a junior wasn't exactly eye-popping.

"Nobody threw the ball to my side once we started district play," said the standout DB when asked why he "only" received honorable mention in his district. "I got some action before district play started and got most of my PBUs (pass break-ups) in those games."

But as recruiting services attempt to evaluate prospects, productivity is not always a good measuring stick. Good passing QBs such as Chance Mock or potentially great WRs such as Tyrell Gatewood and Jimmy Sutton can get stuck in a rushing offense. Of course, their numbers weren't too shabby, but just an example of why production is only a part of the overall assessment.

Sometimes, an excellent corner can carry a reputation within his district, causing teams to stay away from him virtually an entire season. That can lead to speculation as to why said corner didn't record any INTs or more PBUs.

Stats?

"Not sure exactly," Marcus Walker told IT. "But I would guess around 40 tackles, 10 pass break-ups, no INTs, one fumble recovery. But teams stayed away from me. I'm tellin' you, it's hard to get any action for me in district play."

The House of Speed top five athlete said his bench-press is 240-245, squat is 450.

Walker's track and field numbers: 43' triple jump, 22.9 in the 200 meters, 10.9 in the 100 meters. Also runs the first leg for Waco High's sprint relay team.

Of course, the Texas DB gets to work against arguably the top junior-to-be wide receiver in the state, Tony Degrate, who goes about 6-1, 180, 4.4 forty. "That's my man right there," Walker said.

The 5-11/6-0, approximately 180-pound Walker said of Degrate...

We'll have more on Walker as he sizes up Degrate and a couple of other standout wideouts from the combine in San Antonio and we'll have Walker size up some of the schools he's receiving early attention from in the next edition of the Inside Scoop.


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