Justin Walker hopes recruiting goes up as records come down

Lee County's Justin Walker has thrown for more than 3,100 yards -- including a single-game record 591 against Warner Robins last Friday -- but does not have a scholarship offer. (Photo provided by Earl Walker)

Lee County's Justin Walker has thrown for more than 3,100 yards -- including a single-game record 591 against Warner Robins last Friday -- but does not have a scholarship offer. (Photo provided by Earl Walker)

Justin Walker has been in the news a lot this week. The Lee County quarterback has been the subject of more than a few stories since he broke the state single-game passing record last week.

Walker (6-3, 180) completed 42-of-70 passes for 591 yards and five touchdowns in a 48-35 loss to Warner Robins. The passing yardage broke the single-game record set just last year by Lassiter quarterback Hutson Mason, who’s now a freshman at Georgia.

What we hadn’t heard about Walker is how his college recruitment is going. And there’s a good reason for that.

There’s nothing happening.

Despite being a 6-foot-3 quarterback with more than 3,100 yards passing and 39 touchdowns on a 7-3 playoff team, Walker does not have a single scholarship offer.

“I mean, I’ve had a few letters,” said Walker, a senior.  “But it hasn’t been much. It’s been more like [mail describing[ what schools are like and what they have to offer and stuff like that. Nothing much on recruiting really."

His father, Earl Walker, said West Georgia has been his son's most diligent pursuer, calling and sending correspondences regularly and taking in a game or two. But even that Division II institution hasn't stepped up with a bona fide scholarship offer.

The Walkers have also had conversations with Middle Tennessee State. But the Blue Raiders already have commitments from two other quarterbacks. They went to a camp at Mississippi State last summer but haven't heard back.

There hasn't been a word from Georgia or Georgia Tech. Georgia State hasn't even bothered to call.

"Coach [Dean] Fabrizio has done everything he can to promote him,” the elder Walker said. “We’re just shocked nobody is interested in recruiting him.”

Earl Walker said he and his family take solace in what they call “the Hutson Mason story.” A similar quarterback in a similar system, Mason did not have much in the way of viable scholarship offers until late in his senior season.

At the end of a record-setting campaign — Mason established the state’s single-season passing record with 4,560 yards and 54 TDs — he had several offers from both ACC and SEC schools as well as several mid-majors. He has played in two games for the Bulldogs this season.

As for Walker himself, he insists it’s not something that bothers him or even he even thinks about much.

“All I can do is go out and play,” said Walker, who had 2,100 yards and 19 TDs as a junior. “Whoever comes and recruits me is who recruits me. I have no control over that.”

As for his record-setting feat, Walker just sort of shrugs that off. A spread team that utilizes the Tony Franklin system, the Trojans were behind early and had to pass even more than usual to try to catch up.

“I had no idea when we were in the game,” he said. “I was just doing what Coach teaches me to do. I didn’t find out until Sunday it was the state record. It’s pretty cool, but I can’t think about it much right now. Right now I’m just getting ready for the next game.”

The Trojans open the playoffs Friday on the road against Class AAAA powerhouse Griffin.

For now, recruiting can wait.

“I can’t really be mad at people because they’re not recruiting me,” Walker said. “Maybe when the season is over I’ll check into it a little more.”

But almost as soon as football is over, Walker will be playing baseball. A pitcher and third baseman, he said he’d like to play both sports in college.

If, that is, he gets an opportunity.

45 comments Add your comment

RxDawg

November 11th, 2010
3:25 pm

Interesting…

Worm

November 11th, 2010
3:25 pm

Send some film to Shorter Univ. in Rome,Ga.

Football

November 11th, 2010
3:39 pm

Let him be patient a time will come and everyone will be persuing him

schmeckdawg

November 11th, 2010
3:39 pm

Worm, I think that you are right on. I think Shorter would be a great place for him. My alma mater West Georgia, or whatever the hell they are calling themselves this week sucks and has for quite a while. I don’t why they don’t get more serious about this kid. I think Coach Jones and his staff at Shorter would be a great match for the young man!

We run this state

November 11th, 2010
3:51 pm

Somebody give the guy a scholarship

Johnson

November 11th, 2010
4:13 pm

42 completions in on game = Tech’s completions for 2010 season

ryan

November 11th, 2010
4:19 pm

I just hope this 10@ Ten will be more civilized than the that last story just got out of hand sounded more like something from elementary school kids .

Alpha Dawg

November 11th, 2010
4:22 pm

Patience, He’s just a Junior. If he continues with those type numbers the offers will come.

SOUTHGADAWG

November 11th, 2010
4:30 pm

I have seen this kid play and he is the real deal, he is a senior.

Burdell

November 11th, 2010
5:03 pm

Reading comprehension is obviously not one of Alpha Dawg’s stronger attributes.

“I mean, I’ve had a few letters,” said Walker, a senior.

The kid sounds like quite a get for the right school.

San Francisco Dawg

November 11th, 2010
5:14 pm

Send you film to Auburn…they will need a qb very soon!

The Owl of Prophecy

November 11th, 2010
5:51 pm

Look at his picture…he throws like a girl!

markie mark

November 11th, 2010
5:55 pm

He can throw anyway he likes if he has the GA record for high school…..this aint about style points….

Pater Familias

November 11th, 2010
5:56 pm

He’s a Senior. And he’s a good athlete, but he’s not a first-string, big-time Div I QB. He’d probably make a good Div II spread QB somewhere.

He’s also a fine person.

collegeballfan

November 11th, 2010
6:12 pm

All has to happen is for Scout or Rivals to say he is a 4 star and recruiters will knock down the doors getting to him.

Young man send your tape to TCU or Boise State.

Tech Fan Since 1950

November 11th, 2010
6:18 pm

I wish Justin the best with a Division I school, but if they are not looking at him I sure hope Valdosta State University of Division II is. Justin looks about the same size as Dusty Bonner and may be a bit taller. Sounds like he is in the same type of offense that VSU’s Chris Hatcher and Dusty were in when they each won the Harlon Hill Trophy, the Division II equivalent of the Heisman.

FRED

November 11th, 2010
6:35 pm

send film to coach moore at ASU APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY in Boone NC

runtheball

November 11th, 2010
7:28 pm

Justin has thrown as many picks as he has touchdowns. He will get a baseball scholarship so don’t feel bad that he hasn’t gotten a football offer yet.

sowegadawg

November 11th, 2010
8:22 pm

Seen him play a few times. He has a good arm, and seems cool in the pocket. But, I don’t think he’s a Div I qb. Nobdy thinks of this, but sadly, heard his grades might be his biggest challenge.

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Go Dogs

November 11th, 2010
9:10 pm

Saint Simons

November 11th, 2010
9:48 pm

(((( 34 – 31 ))))

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boots

November 11th, 2010
9:53 pm

I think Tech is starting to show some interest in him. They should – their vaunted offense is starting to show why it is in fashion in pee-wee football but not Division IA programs.

thom

November 11th, 2010
10:24 pm

billy the kid

November 11th, 2010
10:33 pm

This kid is the real deal – Lot of heart and commitment – Somebody out there is looking for a kid just like him. Didn’t get the impression that he thinks of himself as a D1 but he is looking to lead his team a far as they can go. Best of luck to you, Justin.

gomdawg

November 12th, 2010
6:39 am

Sounds like Troy State is a good fit for him

Paul Johnson

November 12th, 2010
7:53 am

The real question here is if the kid can hand the ball off. If he’s willing to do that and be a tacking dummy then we could use him on the flats.

Mark Richt

November 12th, 2010
7:54 am

If he’s willing to be a tight end then we might take a look.

True DAWG fan

November 12th, 2010
8:10 am

I see the kid play every friday when they are home,the high school is right behind my house.The kid has a hose for an arm and will help someone out,also the wideout he throws too is getting attention from UGA his name is Seay,he is a beast tall,speed,great hands and body control.

snoopdawg

November 12th, 2010
8:15 am

Shorter runs the veer option and barely throws the ball, not a good fit. What bout Valdosta State? They sling it around

the Hat

November 12th, 2010
8:59 am

This kid is the real deal watched film last week, and he has good grades . Will contact next week!

joe

November 12th, 2010
9:16 am

@ 6-3, he’s already bigger or taller than Murray…maybe the Dogs should give him a look-see.

the teacher

November 12th, 2010
9:24 am

UGA is not interested, he has low thug potential…

Not a true dawg fan

November 12th, 2010
9:51 am

He needs to go to Albany St.

Fabriziout

November 12th, 2010
10:26 am

Hard to get a read on the Lee Co kids. The coaches refuse to punish the me-first attitudes that some of the kids have. Just b/c a coach can yell at a kid…doesn’t mean there is discipline. Just means the coach likes for people to see him yelling. Walker will get his shot at baseball if his head is on right. Best of luck to him.

Hunker Down

November 12th, 2010
11:14 am

Surprised GA State has not jumped all over the kid and offered. Not sure what the Dawgs mind set is but I think Hutson shows that we grabbed up a kid who was off the charts by many.

Hunker Down

November 12th, 2010
11:17 am

The kid will be playing some where on Saturdays and a D1 team I might add.

ryan

November 12th, 2010
12:34 pm

Lowndes25 do have any new updates will Ray Drew make it next weekend .

Da Truth

November 12th, 2010
2:51 pm

Product of an offensive-minded team that says…just keep throwing the ball, to he!! with the outcome.

Taco

November 13th, 2010
9:06 am

Dude I think we discovered last night they sucked and he has good numbers against bad teams. Call Ga State and see if he can commute and walk on.

CoachW

November 13th, 2010
12:21 pm

Join this social networking group (project for a masters course) to discuss football recruiting: http://groups.google.com/group/down-south-recruiting-

yoursporthouse.com

November 13th, 2010
4:33 pm

NCAA rules
It seems that the NCAA rules and regulations for student-athletes have become difficult to understand. There needs to be some basic written rules that coordinate with professional leagues in conjunction with sports agents. The athletes are being punished for some things that are uncontrollable. Many college athletes come from low income families. There is a fine line between breaking rules and being able to provide for yourself and your family. Rules broken by boosters or agents should punish them instead of the athletes.

Kevrock

November 14th, 2010
1:33 pm

go to http://www.ncsasports.org/ set up profile and email link to all coaches at all levels in all states. I set my son up with it. Very professional. This is not a plug just a suggestion

Lowndes25

November 14th, 2010
11:06 pm

@ryan, yes, Ray Drew will be in Athens for the GT game as will Isaiah Crowell and a bunch of other guys from Carver (i.e. Deion Bonner).

vsublazer

November 15th, 2010
10:01 pm

The Blazers need to get at this kid. He wont be far from home and he can play for a winning program.