6’4”, 215 lbs.
Rivals: #36 OLB
24/7: #63 Safety, #20 player in MD.
Scout: #68 Safety
Chose UK Over: Boston College, NC State, Miami (FL), Oklahoma State, and Wisconsin
The Football coaching staff has been relentlessly recruiting in the state of Ohio, but after Monday’s commitment from Kobie Walker, the staff has their first non-Ohio out of state player in the Class of 2014. Walker was a great last line of defense playing safety for his high school team, but the staff is looking to move him to Outside Linebacker when he arrives on campus. He may be a little on the small side now, but the 6’4 player can easily get up to 240 lbs before seeing the field. The position change will not be a problem for Walker, telling Rivals’ Justin Rowland, “That’s the position I played before I even got to high school. I feel like I can do everything. I can rush the passer, I can cover. I’m one of the more athletic linebackers you’ll see.”
After watching Walker’s highlight tape, he has a very good point: he can do a little bit of it all. Playing safety has turned him into a great coverage back, which will make it tough for slot receivers in man coverage. What stands out to me the most is his red zone play. The only thing more frustrating than watching a UK football team running a screen on 3rd and 15, is watching them miss open-field tackles that result in big plays/TDs. Walker makes the tackles in the open-field that can turn an easy touchdown into a field goal. After a Senior year of high school football and High Performance Training from Erik Korem, Walker could turn into a beast on the outside alongside Dorian Hendrix.