Story by Malcolm Johnson, Special to dc.highschoolsports.net
WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Two weeks ago I wrote about a few standout football players from Friendship Collegiate Academy who have decided to take their talents to the University of Maryland.
Who's one of the most intriguing players on that list? Six-foot-two, 210-pound OLB Cavon Walker, the third Knight to commit to Maryland in the last two weeks. Here's the kicker: Walker missed his entire junior season due to a foot fracture in a scrimmage while he was still playing for Dunbar at the outset of the 2011 season.
His recruitment speaks volumes of the talent and potential coaches knew the OLB had after a monster sophomore season. Despite his inability to play last year, Walker had five offers from Division I programs across the country (Maryland, Houston, New Mexico, North Carolina State, Purdue).
"I had 21 sacks and 76 tackles. I didn't know where it came from because my ninth grade year I came in starting as a freshman, but I wanted to be better than I was in that year. I didn't like the feeling of loosing in the playoffs so I came back that year, worked very hard and it showed in the stats."
Offseason workouts aren't many players' favorite part of the season. There are no pads, no contact and lineman don't even get to participate in 7 on 7 drills, the most competitive aspect of the offseason. Listening to a lot of players speak on the mandated workouts is comparable to seasoned NFL veterans speaking on training camp. The common thought process: "Let's play football."
Watching Walker on the field is different. You can see his excitement in everything football related. From jumping hurdles and leading stretches to improving his footwork in ladder drills, the 17-year-old is clearly back in his comfort zone. After missing an entire season of the sport the young man has come to know and love, that is all the more reason he embraces the often unsought offseason drills.
Walker spoke on his excitement, "I'm just looking forward to playing the game. I missed my whole junior season, I'm just anxious to get out there in that equipment."
Photo caption: Friendship Collegiate's Signing Day ceremony, 2012 (photo via U.S. Presswire)