Marshall, Texas, is home to a sleeper tight end that not only has the physical abilities to excel in football, but he has the mind to excel on and off the field. Mario Walker may not have prototypical tight end size, but he has the heart and work ethic to make up for his lack of size.
So far Walker has received recruiting attention from a host of schools and just recently picked up his first offer.
“I received an offer from SMU,” said the 6-foot, 220-pound tight end. “I am happy that I have an offer, and I am looking forward to seeing if there are any more on the way. But it is a relief to know that I have an offer.”
In addition to the home state Mustangs, Walker has received letters from a whole host of schools. Some of those schools are Kansas State, Kansas, North Texas, Missouri, Arkansas and Vanderbilt.
Walker also fielded a few calls during the May contact period.
“I spoke to the recruiting coach from Texas Tech,” he said. “I also received phone calls from coaches at Houston and North Texas. I don’t know if any other schools are close to offering or not.”
Walker says that he wants to wait things out and has no set time frame for a decision on his future.
“Education is the most important thing,” he said. “I want to major in Psychology so naturally I would like a school with a good program in that area. Mostly I want to wait and see if I can help a few of my teammates get more exposure from schools.”
Walker describes his best attribute, both on and off the field, as leadership.
“I would say that my best physical attribute is my ability to catch the ball, I have soft hands,” remarked Walker. “But my best overall attribute I would say is my leadership. I try and be a vocal leader and I also try and lead by example.”
Walker has no favorites at this time and said that distance will not be a factor in his decision.