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Versatile Southmoore athlete Jaelon Walker moving to more defined role as running back

Jaelon Walker thinks part of what has slowed his recruitment a bit is his versatility. While that versatility is a plus, it's also given college coaches different ideas of where he fits at the next level on both sides of the ball.
by Ryan Aber Published: June 26, 2013
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photo - Southmoore's Jaelon Walker (3) looks for running room during a high school football game between Carl Albert and Southmoore in Midwest City, Okla., Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Southmoore's Jaelon Walker (3) looks for running room during a high school football game between Carl Albert and Southmoore in Midwest City, Okla., Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

“He can also catch the ball out of the backfield so when you want to go to an empty backfield, you don't have to change personnel.”

He also has the running back bloodlines. His uncle, Tarrion Adams, starred at the position for Moore and holds Tulsa records for most rushing yards for a career, season and game.

Walker said working on his vision — knowing where to go and when — has been one of his biggest points of emphasis this offseason as he adjusts from carrying the ball almost exclusively on outside zone plays to running the entire playbook.

Walker also has worked to get stronger.

“Last year, my main problem was the after-contact hits, how far I was able to go after contact,” Walker said. “I've got to get better at that and get some more explosion in my step.”

He showed off some of that improvement at a team camp in Tulsa earlier this month, averaging more than 12 yards per carry against Tulsa Union, Broken Arrow and Norman North's defenses.

“He was the best running back at that camp,” Brickman said. “It took him that first week of spring practices to learn all the different plays but he really showed how far he's come at Tulsa.”

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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