UCLA Knows Prospect Kevan Walker Well

Kevan Walker, the 6-0, 185-pound junior receiver/defensive back from Arcadia (Calif.) High, has a UCLA coach in his home every night. A recruiting violation? Not for Walker, since he's the son of UCLA Defensive Coordinator DeWayne Walker...

Though he shares the same last name, as well as the home, of one of the more popular folks on the UCLA campus, Arcadia (Calif.) athlete Kevan Walker (6-0, 185) is making a name for himself with his play on the football field.

The son of UCLA's defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker, Kevan has been receiving a good amount of recruiting interest from colleges. Minnesota, in fact, just offered Walker a scholarship.

"A lot of schools have been showing interest in me," said Walker. "Colorado, Washington and UCLA are looking at me as a receiver. Nebraska and Notre Dame like me as an athlete. But mostly I'm getting looked at as a receiver."

Walker attended UCLA's Junior Day and said that, for obvious reasons, the Bruins are a school he's attracted to, but he said that it didn't necessarily make them the favorite. He said, "Because he (his father) is there, it's definitely helping me see the school and the players, but I don't see it as giving them the upperhand. It's been talked about that he could be a head coach and he could go to another school. But right now, he's at UCLA and he's happy there."

UCLA made it a point to keep his father in Westwood and Walker said that he himself enjoys the comfort of the UCLA program, too. "I've met a lot of the players and I've felt real comfortable when I've been there," said Walker. "I talk with Alterraun Verner and he's telling me to come there and play. If I had the opportunity, it would be a fun place to play."

Walker said he's not locked in to playing on the west coast and, because he spent his first two years of high school in Virginia when his dad was coaching with the Washington Redskins, he is interested in some schools back east. "There have been some schools out there that I have been hearing from like West Virginia and Virginia," said Walker. "That's a thought for me, too."

Being raised in a football coach's household has given Walker some advantages, which he's used to his benefit. Walker said, "Growing up around it, I think it's help give me a little bit of an upper hand. I know all the reads and how to watch film. My dad came to almost every one of my games this year and after we would watch the film and break it down and he would tell me what I did."

Yet Walker said his dad isn't using his position at UCLA to push the Bruins on him. "To him, my grades are the most important thing," said Walker. "He doesn't really try to push UCLA to me. Academics are what he cares about."

Walker said he was beaming with pride following the 2006 season when his dad became a household name after several marquee defensive performances by the Bruins and their overall improvement following a miserable year on defense in 2005.

"I was definitely proud of him," said Walker. "Once he got the job, he worked with a bunch of things, he worked overtime and did all that he could. It didn't surprise me that they did so well. I was happy for him."

Yet, at the same time, he wants to be known for his own exploits on the field, not just for his father's work. "Sometimes it gets a little annoying but it's part of life," said Walker.

On the field, Walker was an all-league selection and was a second team all-state underclass choice as a defensive back. He had 37 tackles and an interception for the Apaches and also had 38 receptions for 571 yards.

This fall, though, he is moving behind center. "It's been talked about, me playing quarterback, and I guess it's now official," said Walker. "I'm pretty excited about it, though."

Walker is planning on attending UCLA's camp this summer and may attend other camps and combines.

But he's definitely keeping busy until then. "I just ran a 4.48 forty," said Walker. "I'm in track right now."

Academically, Walker said he had a 2.8 GPA and will be taking the SAT in April.


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