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57 DAYS TO 2017 KICKOFF: Danny Walker

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In which BracketCat counts down the 57th day until the 2017 kickoff with a profile of linebacker Danny Walker.

#50 Tre Walker
A name like Danny Walker at linebacker conjures up memories of Tre Walker (50), the Hero at Miami who now serves as a defensive graduate assistant for Kansas State and will be tutoring young Danny.
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Danny Walker

True Freshman | 6-3 | 215 lbs. | Wheaton, Illinois
  • Position: Linebacker
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Redshirt
  • Status: On Scholarship

Daniel Jordan Walker (b. Sept. 28, 1998) is a three-star linebacker prospect from Wheaton High School North in Illinois who appears on film to have great closing speed in the backfield when rushing off the edge. I fully expect him to redshirt this season.

Walker selected K-State over offers from Illinois State, Nevada, North Dakota State, South Dakota State and Southern Illinois.

I really like his long-term potential, as does Ian Boyd at SportsTreatise:

Walker basically played their “Sam” or “edge weapon” position in high school and he was excellent in that role. He has the quickness to play out in space on the perimeter against screens and outside runs, but he’s also a force in the box.

He’s at his absolute... best just attacking off the edge. I think they may start him at LB, but eventually grow him into a weak side DE depending on where his body takes him. If he doesn’t become a DE, then in nickel I don’t love him at their outside-backer position, although he is quick, partly because I think he’ll end up at 240 or so, but at inside backer he could be really good.

A three-year letter-winner and two-year starter at both outside linebacker and strong safety for the Falcons under head coach Joe Wardynski, Walker was rated the 47th-best outside linebacker in the nation in the Class of 2017 by Scout and the 19th-best player in the state of Illinois by 247Sports.

He earned all-conference honors on two occasions, including the 2016 season, when he was named the defensive player of the year. His sister, Erica, currently is a member of the Ohio University volleyball team.