Michael Walker has been an unheralded player in the recruiting world the last year, even though at Clinch he was a very good two-way player for the state champions in 2018. Enter the new season with fresh beginnings, and Walker has spent the offseason working in silence, but early film from the scrimmage against New Hampstead, a talented 5-A school, indicates that the senior is looking to prove preseason media, myself included, wrong about his exemption from All-State honors.
Walker threw a pass 40 yards in the air that led to an easy score, and did a good job of running their offense when called upon, showing outstanding quickness in the tackle box, where he changes directions on a dime. That also led to a play on defense where Walker slipped into the middle of the field and picked off a pass. Another play soon after Walker came in for a tackle and popped the ball out nearly 10 feet in the air. Yes, it was an impressive performance, albeit a scrimmage, but one that questions your All-State team almost immediately – even before a single game has been played.
Going into this season, there was some question marks on how Clinch was going to replace Trezman Marshall on offense, but with seniors like Walker stepping up, they are in good shape to win another state title. Walker has that exactly on his mind, but with an extra caveat.
“I’m looking forward to winning another state championship at Clinch, carry on the tradition, and hopefully get a FBS offer too,” Walker said.
Walker is a player that we identify as a D1 player going into this offseason, and at this point, the senior is mostly hearing from Stetson with no visits planned yet either. When asked about what position he prefers the most, Walker said, “I prefer the offensive side of the ball, but I feel like I can also play safety at the next level.”
Walker’s cat-like quickness makes for an extremely intriguing defensive back prospect in our eyes, couple that with his good open field tackling, and I can imagine more D1 schools will be jumping into his recruitment soon. As an offensive player, he has an innate ability to avoid tackles in tight spaces, and acceleration looks more improved then last year – it’s easy to see him breaking off longer plays in 2019. The added element of throwing the ball this year only shows the all-around athleticism that Walker beholds.
Another Georgia native, from Coffee, is a player that Walker tries to build his game around. “I model my game after Tyreek hill because he can score anytime he touches the ball.”
Well, Walker could very be the x-factor like Hill was for the Chiefs this year at Clinch; with defenses not being able to key on anyone player, Walker could break off a lot of long plays for his team both threw the air and on the ground. On defense, his steady play at safety and his ability to create turnovers should be a huge difference maker in another state title run, but also grabbing the attention of D1 programs, because Walker is a legit football talent.
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