October 8, 2012

Spartans looking at Rice RB for 2014

One of the top running back prospects in the state of Michigan for next year will be Brian Walker of Birmingham Brother Rice High School. SpartanMag.com caught up with the bruising runner and got the latest details on his recruitment.

Last fall Walker played 2nd string to 3-star running back Devin Church who eventually committed to Illinois. Church was a shifty running back who excelled in the open field. The 5-foot-8, 220-pound Walker is a wrecking ball type of player who relishes contact and likes to punish the opposition. The running style might be different, but the results for Brother Rice have been that same as Walker is putting up big numbers and the Warriors are primed for another run at the state title.
This past weekend Brother Rice defeated arch-rival Detroit Catholic Central by a score of 20-14. In that game walker rolled up 195-yards on 29 carries and scored a touchdown. On the season Walker now has 702-yards on 128 carries (5.5 ypc) and 11 touchdowns. Those numbers are even more impressive when you consider Broth4r Rice has played powerful programs such as Detroit Catholic Central, Orchard Lake Saint Mary's and Detroit Cass Tech. This coming weekend the schedule stays tough at the Warriors will host Cincinnati LaSalle.
We spoke with Walker about his recruitment and where he currently stands.
"From a recruiting standpoint things are coming along" Walker said. "I have been getting lots of mail from MAC programs and the Big Ten schools. Michigan State sends me the most stuff. I got invited to all of the Michigan state home games, but due to us having games on the same day I was only able to make it up for the Boise State game."

At the Boise State game Walker was able to see a runner in Le'Veon Bell that excels at several of the same things that he views as his strengths. We asked Walker about his running style and the fact that Brother Rice plays what many believe is the toughest schedule in the state of Michigan.

"My biggest strengths as a runner are my vision and my ability to get yards after contact," Walker said. "With our schedule at Brother Rice it is a war every single weekend. We always have to be ready to play our best and that showed this weekend in our come from behind win over Catholic Central."

At 5-foot-8, 220-pound Walker has a low center of gravity and he keeps his legs moving. That combination makes him a tough player to bring down. Some may question his height, but keep in mind Trenton Richardson of Alabama was 5-foot-9, 227-pounds on a good day. Walker's style of running is best described as being similar to that of a player like former Detroit standout Jerome Bettis. Walker takes on defenders and wants to make the opposition regret having to tackle him.

We asked walker about his thought on Michigan State and what it would mean to land a scholarship.

"Coach Salem is the person who I keep in contact with," Walker said. "An offer from Michigan State would mean the world to me as I grew up a Spartan fan."

Michigan State will definitely be looking to add a talented running back to the class of 2014 and Walker's junior year has certainly moved him up the recruiting board. Coming into the season, many viewed Lorenzo Collins of Farmington Hills Harrison as the top running back prospect in Michigan for 2014, but that race is likely a toss-up now with Walker and Gary Hosey of Cass Tech showing they are definitely in the conversation.

SpartanMag.com will continue to follow the recruitment of Walker in the coming weeks. With several big games still on tap as well as the playoffs, Walker is going to have a great opportunity to make a statement for why he will be one of the top running back prospects in the Midwest for the class of 2014.

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