Walker Is Ready To Lead The Cerritos Attack

After a very good freshman season, Cerritos QB Jimmy Walker (6-2, 220) should be one of the top JUCO signal-callers in the country this fall...

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Jimmy Walker
Cerritos (Calif.)
  • QB
  • 6'2"
  • 220

"I'm a pure drop-back, pro-style quarterback, but I think I can get out and run and hurt teams that way if they have the receivers covered," Walker told JCFootball.com recently. "I feel like I sorta am like Big Ben (Ben Roethlisberger). He doesn't have a lot of runs called for him, but when things break down he can hurt defenses with his legs and that's where I do my damage too.

"I think one of the biggest things for me is the fact that I keep my cool when I'm in there. The moment is never too big for me. I never get too high or too low. When the offense is looking for a leader, they need someone who is in control and doesn't show fear and that's something I think I do well."

As a freshman last fall, Walker took over the reigns of the Falcons' offensive attack and he completed 52.7% of his passes for 2,323 yards to go along with 25 touchdowns and 20 interceptions.

"Obviously, I want to cut down on (the interceptions) and a big thing I am focused on this fall is knowing the playbook better because I made a lot of freshman mistakes last year and a lot of that can be cut down on by learning the playbook more and when to check things down," Walker said. "I'm also just trying to get stronger and get my speed down so I can be more of a threat with my legs when I need to be."

On the recruiting front, schools from all over dropped by Cerritos this spring and Walker drew some attention from a couple of schools, but so far, none have extended an offer his way.

"I talked to Georgia State, Utah State and Missouri a little bit this spring," Walker noted. "No schools have offered yet and I think they want to see me play some this fall before they offer, so I'm focused on that right now."

As prep at Redlands (Ca.) High School, Walker was a full-qualifier and he was all set to greyshirt before enrolling at Stony Brook, an FCS school in New York. However, things didn't work out, so he decided to head to Cerritos to continue his football career.

"A big reason I chose Cerritos was because of coach (Frank) Mazzotta and the program he's built here," Walker recalled. "He's a really good coach, he knows how to win and they do a good job of getting guys ready to move on to other programs."

Because he was a full-qualifier out of high school, Walker has the ability to sign with a school this summer if the right opportunity comes along, however, his current plan is to return to Cerritos to play this fall and then sign with a school in December.

Walker will have three years to play two following the 2015 football season.

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