08' Intro: Berkeley High's Rusty Walden

Rusty Walden had a phenomenal season last year for Houston County (TN) scoring 21 touchdowns on the ground and 17 more on the receiving end. After a very productive season on the field, the prep phenom opted to leave the Volunteer State to make the trek to the Low-Country to join the Berkeley Stags. Come inside with SCPrepNation.com for a look at Rusty Walden.

Meet Rusty Walden, a 5-7, 185 pound transfer student-athlete from Tennessee. Last season Rusty prepped at Houston County High (TN), which is about an hour and a half above Nashville, Tennessee. He will be joining the Berkeley Stags this fall for his last and final season of high school football. SCPrepNation.com took a trip to Moncks Corner, South Carolina to officially welcome Rusty to the Palmetto State.

After officially breaking the ice with Rusty, we asked him to give us a brief rundown on his junior season last year at Houston County (TN). "Last season on the ground I had about 900 yards rushing, 21 rushing touchdowns, 17 touchdown receptions, and roughly 450 yards receiving. On special teams I had 6 kick-off returns; I returned one of them for 101yards. I was named Offensive MVP, Offensive Running Back of the Year, and Special Teams Player of the Year."

After putting up such impressive numbers on last season, Rusty began receiving a massive amount of college interest from an array of schools across the country. "As far as letters, I've gotten them from Navy, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, Kentucky, Georgia, South Carolina, and Clemson." Rusty informed SCPrepNation.com of one particular program that has been keeping close tabs on him. "I've personally talked with the coach from Navy. He told me that I could play something like a slot back for them. He also told me that he really liked my academics."

Rusty was in attendance at the Scout.com Combine in Charlotte, North Carolina. We asked Rusty about his experience amongst some of the Southeast Region's best. "Oh man, I loved it," Rusty said. "I was a little nervous at first because I've never been to anything like that with so many people. I got watch a few guys that were really good. I enjoyed it, it was really a great experience."

Rusty will be attending several other camps/combines this summer to showcase his talent(s) to try and earn a couple of scholarship offers. "The Citadel's camp is coming up soon, so I plan to attend that one. I know Nike is going to have a camp over the summer, so I'm going to try and get too that one. I am going to get to as many camps as I can and try to get my name out and try to do the best at whatever I do."

Rusty doesn't have any firm offers as of yet, but he's not shy when it comes to letting people know who he's currently favoring. "I really have two schools right now, Georgia and Navy," he said. "I like Georgia because I really like the tradition they have. Navy, I watch them all the time and they have a lot of tradition too. I'm all about tradition."

Rusty has plans to study Mechanical Engineering in college, and his grades are in good shape to do so. He fits every bit of the word student-athlete. This will be one prospect that SCPrepNation.com will continue to keep track of as the clock ticks toward the 2007 season. Stay tuned for more on Rusty Walden.

Additional Notes on Rusty Walden:
40 yard dash: 4.49-4.5
Vertical: 33 inch
Favorite player: LaDainian Tomlinson


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