All-Around Athlete Likes UCLA

The all-around athlete from Antelope Valley, <b>Johnny Walker</b>, is hearing from schools from the Big 12 and Pac-10, including one of his favorites, UCLA...

Johnny Walker, 6-0, 184, 4.5, Lancaster (Calif.) Antelope Valley, despite not having a scholarship offer yet, is getting recruiting attention from a variety of impressive schools.

Walker plays quarterback for his 5-1 high school team, and he's shown his all-around athleticism in racking yards on both the ground and through the air. "So far this season I have 589 yards rushing on 106 carries, while I'm 19 of 36 for 276 passing yards," Walker said. "I have so many rushing yards because we run the triple option. We get a lot of our offense from the Air Force Academy. On defense I play free safety. I have 33 tackles, two fumbles caused and two fumbles recovered." He's getting recruited as an athlete, while many believe he'll end up on the defensive side of the ball as a cornerback.

Walker said he is hearing from UCLA, Oregon, Nebraska, Arizona State, Oregon State, San Jose State. "I would say the schools that interest me the most are UCLA, Oregon, USC and Nebraska," Walker said.

And despite the fact that none of the schools have offered him, Walker insists he's hearing from them quite a bit, including a school he said is a favorite of his, UCLA. He said, "UCLA and Arizona have called recently. Bob Toledo called to ask me if I would come to the Stanford game. He calls me every week they have a home game. I go down there for the barbeque and watch the pre-game warm-ups on the field then watch the game. It's real nice."

Oregon has yet to call Walker, but they are sending lots of letters, as are a number of schools. Walker also keeps getting requests for game tape as well. "I haven't sent any out yet. I don't know why. I should be, but I haven't," he said.

Walker participated in the UCLA one-day camp this past summer. He was unable, however, to make the Nike camp. While Walker is a three-sport athlete, competing in track and as a starting guard for the basketball team, football is the sport he wants to continue playing on the collegiate level.

He is on his way to being fully qualified.


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