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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

Jaelon Walker is trying to stay patient.

The versatile Southmoore athlete has yet to pick his first Division I offer but thinks it's right around the corner.

“I'm getting close to getting an offer,” Walker said. “Recruiting is picking up more and more as we get closer to the fall and I feel pretty good about where things stand.”

Walker thinks part of what has slowed his recruitment a bit is his versatility.

The 5-foot-9, 175-pounder played a bit of everywhere on offense last season, describing his role as “more of a slot receiver slash put me wherever they wanted to.”

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.

He's been recruited as a running back, wide receiver, safety and cornerback.

“They've got to really figure out and do some thinking because there's a lot of positions that they could put me at,” Walker said. “So they have to talk to their coaches to see which one really wants me at the spot.”

This year, Walker's role will be more clearly defined for the SaberCats as he lines up at running back primarily.

“I have to switch modes and get into which hole is going to be open before it is and read the defenses and stuff like that,” Walker said.

Running back is where Southmoore coach Jeff Brickman sees Walker fitting in at the next level.

“I think he's a perfect spread running back,” Brickman said. “I think he's a running back more so than a slot. He's an ideal zone runner — inside zone and outside zone. He has the vision for it. He knows when to bounce it back. He knows when to go against the grain.

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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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