May 6, 2008

Walker could be the next big thing

There's nothing quite like a dynamic young quarterback prospect to get a recruiting junkie going.

It was a year ago at this time when Austin Lake Travis' Garrett Gilbert and Houston Cy Ridge's Russell Shepard first emerged on the recruiting landscape and both eventually emerged as five-star prospects.

From Vince Young to Ryan Perrilloux to the Gilbert/Shepard debate this year; Orangebloods has seen its share of quarterback prospects in brightest of recruiting spotlights.

With their 2009 recruiting class mostly decided, the Longhorns are turning their attention to the class of 2010 and one of the current sophomores that has the look of a budding superstar is Spring (Texas) Westfield quarterback Jacoby Walker.

After emerging as a sophomore starter for one of the state's top programs in 2007, Walker completed 82 of 159 passes for 1,286 yards and 20 touchdowns, while throwing only five interceptions. More impressive than the numbers is the fact that Walker played his best football in the playoffs, as he helped lead Westfield to wins over The Woodlands and Round Rock Stoney Point, before eventually losing to Plano.

At 6-2, 195 pounds, Walker is hoping that a bigger, stronger and faster version of himself can lead to big things on the field during his junior season.

"The off-season has been really good. I've gotten a lot stronger," Walker said. "I've been working with the wide receivers and the running backs a lot in the off-season. We're just trying to get better every day. There's a big difference for me from last year to this year because I was 6-1, 175 pounds and now I'm 6-2, 195 pounds."

As he continues to develop into a leader, Walker believes that his role in the Westfield offense will continue to develop.

"Last year I started ten games, really I started once district play began. I think I'm going to have a chance to have more control of the offense. Last year we were more a running team, but this year we might be more like 50-50."

With college coaches throughout the country coming through Houston this month during the spring evaluation process, Walker can soon expect to be on just about everyone's watch list for the 2010 class.

"I've been getting a little mail from some schools in the Big 12, but I'm not really worried about recruiting right now. There are a couple of Big 12 schools like Oklahoma, Kansas, Kansas State and I've also heard from Houston. I haven't attended any spring games, but I intend to go to camps at Texas, Rice, Houston, SMU and I might go to an out of state school."

When asked about his favorites, Walker listed an in-state school as his early leader.

In a dream world, I'd like to go Texas. In a dream world, that's where I'd like to go," Walker said. "As far as right now, any school that wants to recruit me is going to be a school that I'm interested in. I'll just be thankful that they are interested."

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