Player Profile: Laney WR Charles Walker

It's become common for football programs to enlist the services of big receivers to use their height and size advantage over the typically smaller cornerbacks facing them. One player who isn't big in stature, but has a big heart is Laney WR Charles Walker (5-10, 185) and he's ready to show the northern California junior colleges what he's made of this fall.

"I know teams like the big receivers, but I have the abilities that teams want in their offenses," Walker told recently. "I can run (4.45) and when the ball is in my hands I don't think anyone can stop me."

After prepping at Hayward High School in California, Walker didn't pass the NCAA Clearinghouse because of a technicality -- "they sent my packet back to me because it didn't have an official seal on it" -- so he turned his attention to Laney, a school he knew would feature him on a regular basis.

"I had been recruited by several JC's and Laney just seemed like the right fit," Walker recalled. "They were a school that was relatively close to home, they ran a spread offense which was big and I really got along with their coaches.

"One of my old high school coaches (DBs coach Anthony Jackson) was coaching up here so that was another selling point as well."

As a freshman for the Eagles, Walker posted 26 catches for 404 yards and six touchdowns. He also had a punt return for a touchdown as well.

Now, preparing for what promises to be a great sophomore season, Walker said he's got some things to work on before he can be as good as he knows he can be.

"I need to get stronger, no doubt," Walker said. "I bench 275 right now, but I need to get that up and I'm working on my routes.

"I run routes almost every day right now and with spring ball coming up, there's no doubt that I'll get better at that too. I run speed and agility drills to. I just want to get better at everything."

On the recruiting front, Walker is hearing from three schools right now and one is a school that he heard quite a bit from back in high school.

"San Jose State offered me in high school, but since I didn't qualify obviously I didn't end up going there," Walker said. "They started sending me stuff recently and they're pretty interested in me again. I like them a lot because they're a good school and they run a great offense for receivers.

"Hawaii is another big one. They run a great offense too and I like their coaches. Utah State is the other one right now."

It's still early and Walker said he's willing to be patient.

"I'll just take some time and think about things," Walker said when asked about making a decision. "It's early and I don't have any offers yet, but it will take care of itself."

Walker plans to major in Business Management wherever he ends up and will have three years to play two. He also plans to graduate in December.

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