High school coach talks about Sean Walker

Sean Walker, a 6-1, 170-pound wide receiver from Louisville, Ga., is leaning solidly to Vanderbilt over East Carolina, says his high school coach, J. B. Arnold-- but will it hold up? Arnold talks about the speedy wide receiver's mindset, his attributes, and his storied career as a prep star at Jefferson County High.

Ed. note: As of Tuesday, Jefferson County (Ga.) High School receiver Sean Walker was leaning solidly to Vanderbilt. The 6-1, 170-pound senior caught 28 passes his senior year for 600+ yards and six touchdowns in leading Jefferson County into the 3A playoffs. Over his high school career Walker caught 80 passes for almost 1,800 yards, and had 20 touchdowns.

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Jefferson County High School head coach J. B. Arnold: "Sean committed first to East Carolina, but sometime last week after thinking it over, he said he had decided on Vanderbilt. That's as of the last time we talked. He's gone back and forth on it a lot. It might turn out to be one of those things that goes right down to signing day.

"Sean's main position was wide receiver. But he also returned kicks, and kicked off and kicked extra points. He played a little bit of defensive back too.

"First off, he's a great kid. He was a very clutch player for us. He's a kid with solid grades. He has around 1000 on his SAT and about a 3.0 in the classroom. He caught key passes at key times for us. He even kicked a field goal to win a game for us this year. He was 4-of-5 in the field goal department this year. When it came to crunch time, Sean was the guy we tried to get the ball to.

"He's about 6-foot or 6-foot-1, 170 pounds. He is a true 4.4-second 40-yard dash man. He can flat-out fly. He runs track for us too. He runs all our relays, and he's also our triple jumper.

"We beat Laney this year 9-7. Sean caught the pass late in the game to put us in position to kick a field goal, then turned around and kicked the field goal to win the game. The funny thing about it was, I didn't want to kick it-- I wanted to go for a touchdown. But he came over to the sidelines and told me he thought he could make it. I said, all right, if you think you can make it, buddy, we'll do it. It was a 42-yarder.

"He was clutch for us. He's the kind of player that can catch it short and make something happen with it, but he can also run right past you if you try to break short on him. I think that's his strength.

"And what's amazing is, he caught all of those passes out of our split-back veer offense. We were an option team primarily. That makes what he did that much more impressive. When you catch 28 passes and six touchdowns out of an option offense, that's impressive. If we threw it on every down, there's no telling what kind of numbers he could have had.

"Vanderbilt kind of wanted to know if he could play defensive back-- and I told them that if they did that, I think they'd be wasting a great athlete offensively. East Carolina wanted to use him primarily as a receiver. Coach Turner calls me a lot from Vanderbilt, and Coach Tate from East Carolina. Those are his two schools right now-- a lot of Division II schools have recruited him, but they've shied off of him because they've seen him and think he's a Division I-A talent."


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