Friday, June 12, 2009

Players to Watch in 2009: Tre Walker

Name: Tre Walker
School: Olathe North
Year: Senior
Position(s): Linebacker
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 205 lbs.
Notes: Walker's commitment to Kansas State in April came as quite a surprise on the recruiting scene. Not because Walker lacked ability (4.6 forty) or accolades (honorable mention All-Sunflower Conference in 2008), but because Walker had been a relative unknown on the metro football scene to that point in time. As a junior in 2008, Walker was an overshawdowed member of an Olathe North defense that featured players such as Doug Peete, Kevin Young, and Lucas Vincent.
Walker got his break in early Spring when Kansas State head coach and legend Bill Snyder offered Walker a scholarship, to which Walker promptly accepted, making Walker the second member of Kansas State's 2010 recruiting class. Soon after the commitment interest in the linebacker began to grow even more and he started receiving heavy attention from schools the likes of Nebraska, Alabama, UCLA, Kansas and Oklahoma. Walker is currently listed as a "soft verbal" to Kansas State, meaning he is shopping around his choices for college, but still plans to attend Kansas State in the end.
Walker has the potential to have a break-out season in 2009 now that the Olathe North defense will essentially be he and Lucas Vincent's to guide. One interesting thing to keep an eye on is how Walker handles the added pressure of being a Kansas State commit in an area with a very strong Kansas State alumni base.

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