Because of the transfer from Rialto to Redlands East Valley, word on senior defensive back Gary Walker was slow to spread. But after a successful first seven games in a Wildcat uniform, schools are flocking to REV to see the 6-foot-1, 185-pound Walker in action.
“Arizona State has been by recently, they like him a lot,” REV coach Kurt Bruich said. “Oregon State has also been showing a lot of interest. Of course, every mid-major school out there really likes him as well, as they should. He’s as good as we’ve had at that position since I’ve been here.”
Walker has 52 combined tackles (35 unassisted, 17 solo) through seven games and has intercepted four passes, including one that he took back for a touchdown in last Friday’s 27-20 victory over Carter. He also has played quite a bit at wide receiver, catching 21 passes for 383 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for 152 yards.
His recruitment started off slowly due to lack of film, as a few I-AA schools like Northern Arizona tried to swoop in and get a steal. But the interest has been steady since the REV staff sent out film to over 50 colleges about a month ago.
“He’s a Pac-10 caliber player in my mind,” Bruich said. “There were some smaller schools trying to get him to commit early because they saw a steal, but its going to be hard for them to do that now. People knew about him but after seeing him, they’ve really shown the interest.”
Other Wildcats garnering interest are defensive back Jerel Kyles and defensive lineman James Adams. Both Kyles and Adams are getting interest from I-AA schools, according to Bruich.