Before last season, his junior year at Carroll, John Walker was moved from his natural quarterback position, one he has played his entire life, to cornerback. Tbe new position was puzzling to Walker, who had never played defense before.
But Carroll coaches saw the 6-foot, 175-pound Walker as too small to be a Football Bowl Subdivision quarterback but fast and athletic enough to play defense at that level. And since then, Walker, now a senior at H.D. Woodson, has grown not only to love his position but has blossomed into a sought-after recruit, receiving his second BCS scholarship offer, this one from Indiana.
“I never thought I’d be a defensive type of player,” Walker said. “I always liked to score on people. I didn’t really like tackling people, I preferred embarrassing people.”
Walker transferred to H.D. Woodson in the offseason because he said his mother couldn’t afford to continue sending him to Carroll, especially as his older sister was heading to college.
Walker spent his freshman year at Friendship Collegiate but didn’t play football there, instead playing quarterback and running back in Pop Warner. He was recruited to attend Carroll, where he was the junior varsity team’s starting quarterback in his first year there. And then, in his junior year he made the switch to defense and earned a starting cornerback spot by the sixth game.
A few weeks before H.D. Woodson’s first scrimmage, Northwestern offered him a scholarship. Walker, who has missed three games with an injury, has 20 tackles, one sack and one interception in four games for the Warriors. (He still plays gets to play offense at wide receiver at H.D. Woodson.)
Kansas, Texas Tech, Syracuse and Vanderbilt are also interested in Walker, and an offer from Colorado may come soon, he said
“I actually love defense now,” Walker said. “I’m glad I made the transition.”