DoresDaily Prospect Spotlight
Name: Allan Walters
School: The Peddie School (NJ)
Twitter Handle: @awalters_jr
*Committed to Vanderbilt*
Offers: Vandy, Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan, Ole Miss, Miss State, Missouri, Rutgers, Syracuse, Temple, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and West Virginia.
Walters is headed into his senior season considered one of the top quarterbacks not only from the Northeast region but also the entire country. He is currently ranked as the 24th overall quarterback prospect by Scout. Walters is ranked and seen as a pro style quarterback who has the ability to become a dual guy if need be. Walters committed to Vanderbilt over other offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Michigan, Ole Miss, Rutgers and others.
Vanderbilt among others saw the large potential that Allan Walters has on the football field. His upside in pure football talents are large but his makeup as a person and leader inside the huddle, is not teachable. Walters is a bulldog behind center who competes with every inch of his being on every single play. He has a strong work ethic and willingness to always improve. Walters still has a ways to go before he is completely equipped to compete in the Southeastern Conference but he has the attitude and desire to get there.
One thing you notice when watching his film is his ability to read the defense and make the proper throw. Walters is a cerebral type of guy who has a knack for making the big play. His ability to read defense's is far beyond his years when it comes to quarterbacks. That is already a trait that translates quickly to the college game. Walters also throws a very catchable ball as well being pretty accurate from either the pocket or on the run. He is a receiver's dream with his ability to place the ball on target and put it where only the wideout can catch the ball. Walters is also very mobile. He can hurt you with both his arm and his legs. The Jersey signal caller has good feet and can move in the pocket, evading would be pass rushers. If he needs to break the pocket and continue looking down the field for a receiver, he is able to do that and do it well. He has a tough, hard nosed mentality that bodes well for him on the field. Walters has it in him to fight on each play, looking to make something positive happen for his team.
Walters is partially limited in size but it's honestly not that big of a deal. He is not small in weight as Walters is very well put together at 200 lbs and still growing. He could struggle at times throwing the ball over defensive lineman who are tall and long but that can be handled with his ability to make throws on the run. The 6'2 right handed thrower is already an intelligent guy when it comes to knowing plays and reading them but it will still be a transition understanding the college playbook. Walters has very minor traits that need to be worked on as he continues to develop but he is as college ready of a quarterback that you will find in the 2018 recruiting class.
Allan Walters is a college quarterback coaches dream because of his desire to play the position and the leadership he brings to a team. It may take a few years before he is either ready over the starting quarterback gig in college or it could take less but that all depends on the maturation of Walter's game. Thinking back over the years of quarterbacks from all over the country, the one guy who kept coming to mind when comparing Walters to is current Oklahoma starter Baker Mayfield. Both guys are about the same in stature and weight. Both are very mobile with the abilities to create a play on the run with his their arms or their legs. Walters has the same type of moxy and heart that Mayfield plays with every Saturday. Mayfield is a big time college football player who was a Heisman finalist last season, so that's not saying Walters will turn out like Mayfield but their talents and size are similar. If Walters has any type of impact at Vanderbilt that Mayfield has had in Norman, than great things could happen in the future for the Commodores football program.