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7 MINUS 5 DAYS TO 2017 KICKOFF: Eli Walker

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In which BracketCat counts down the seventh day until the 2017 kickoff with a profile of defensive back Eli Walker.

#7 Cedric Dozier
Cedric Dozier (7) played one unspectacular season at K-State in 2016 after transferring from Cal. Now another transfer, this time from the JUCO ranks, will take over his number in the form of Eli Walker.
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Goal No. 7: GREAT EFFORT.

#7 Eli Walker

True Junior | 6-3 | 210 lbs. | Long Beach, California
Eli Walker
Eli Walker
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Defensive Back
  • Previous College: Cerritos College
  • Projection: Second-String
  • Status: On Scholarship

Elijah Walker (b. Nov. 23, 1997) is a JUCO defensive back who transferred this summer from Cerritos College in California, which also produced fellow two-deep contributors D.J. Reed and Ray Price. He will provide depth and challenge Denzel Goolsby at safety.

Walker played both defensive back and wide receiver for one season under head coach Luis Hayes at Cabrillo High School in Long Beach, California. He earned first-team all-league honors for the Jaguars and was selected to play in the 2015 605 All-Star Game.

Walker then played two seasons for the Falcons under head coach Frank Mazzotta.

He was rated the top community college safety in the Class of 2017 and the 13th-best overall community college prospect by Scout after picking up first-team Southern California Football Association All-Northern League honors as a sophomore.

Walker ended his community college career with 117 tackles, four tackles for loss, four interceptions and 10 passes defended.

He had a career-high-tying 11 tackles as a sophomore against Fullerton, while he had a 21-yard interception return touchdown at Bakersfield later in the season.

Walker also recorded nine tackles and three tackles for loss against Los Angeles Valley, picked off a pass in his first career game in 2015 at Saddleback, and also came up with interceptions against Moorpark and College of the Canyons later in his freshman campaign.