February 21, 2012

Walker talks offseason, recruiting

Charlotte (NC) Mallard Creek may have more D-I prospects than any school in the Tar Heel State, and cornerback Brian Walker is one of its rising stars.

Rivals.com rates the 5-foot-11, 170-pound cornerback as a four-star recruit and the nation's No. 148 overall prospect.

Walker is not sure if he will make the short trek to Winston-Salem or not for Wake Forest's Junior Day Feb. 25 with his teammates Anthony Covington and Tevin Lawshe.

He added if he does attend the event he wants to get to know the coaches and players, and get a feel for Wake as a school. This would be his first time on campus.

"I talked to Coach [Lonnie] Galloway one time, but that was really the only time I've been in contact with them like that," Walker said. "I'd like to talk to some of the players. If I could get an offer from there I would definitely gladly accept it. That'd be pretty huge. If not I'll still enjoy my trip."

The Demon Deacons have stiff competition to overcome in North Carolina and NC State if they hope to sell Walker on the "Black and Gold," while South Carolina and Tennessee are showing interest too.

Walker journeyed to Chapel Hill Feb. 18 for UNC's Junior Day.

"I enjoyed it," Walker said. "The Junior Day I got to learn more about the school, and how the college life was. I enjoyed that. I definitely plan on going back again. I had a good time."

His first trip to UNC Feb. 8 was to meet new head coach Larry Fedora and his staff, and watch the Heels face Duke in college basketball's greatest rivalry.

Walker added that he could see himself fitting well into Fedora's style.

"I like Coach Fedora," Walker said. "He's very energetic, always tells you what's on his mind. I really like his personality, and I like his coaching style. I've seen him coach Southern Miss last year when they played against Houston. I like the way the defense was and how the DBs played."

He has been to Raleigh three times to spend time with the Wolfpack, including for NC State's Junior Day earlier this month.

"I like the coaching staff," Walker said. "I'm real relaxed around them and some of the players. I get along with Coach [Tom] O'Brien and Coach [Mike] Reed. We have a good relationship."

Walker recorded 38 tackles, four fumble recoveries, three interceptions and 14 pass breakups to help lead Mallard Creek to the fourth round of the state playoffs and a 13-1 finish.

He will be running 100-meter and 200-meter races this spring as a member of Mallard Creek's outdoor track team.


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