One of the biggest reasons that big time players fly way under the radar year in and year out is because the prospect transferred from one school to another getting lost in the shuffle in the process.
That is why safety/wide receiver/kick returner Gary Walker (6-0, 185, 4.53) from Redlands (Calif.) Redlands East Valley (REV) may be the best player you haven't really heard about until now.
Walker was playing for Rialto (Calif.) Eisenhower a year ago so his junior tape didn't get out, but now as a senior he is playing lights out and colleges are beginning to take notice.
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This talented athlete is one of the main reasons that REV is off to a perfect 4-0 start and is one of the best teams in the very powerful Inland Empire.
"Gary is the first guy to play both ways for us (REV) in a very long time," REV head coach Kurt Bruich said. "He's that special."
"Gary is a football player," Bruich said. "He understands the game and he's always a second ahead of everyone else."
That is quite a statement by Bruich, playing a second ahead means he plays fast and that is something that D-I colleges love to have in their players.
From his safety position, Walker has accounted for 29 tackles and has one pick that he returned 42 yards. As a wide receiver, he has hauled in 13 receptions for 228 yards and three touchdowns while averaging 17.5 yards per catch.
While it is slow for him on the recruiting front things are beginning to pick up for him. Oregon State, USC, Utah and Idaho are showing interest in Walker.
This could just the beginning for Walker has his name is becoming better known and his senior footage is about to hit colleges.
"Gary is easily as good as anyone we have ever turned out to the Pac 10," Bruich said. "He can definitely play at that level."