The University of Georgia is off to a hot start in the recruiting class of 2022. Already with 10 commitments heading into Sunday afternoon, they gained their 11th with linebacker prospect Jalon Walker from Salisbury, N.C.
Walker joins an impressive early list for the Bulldogs:
- Gunner Stockton, QB
- Malaki Starks, ATHLETE
- Deyon Bouie, CB/WR
- Marquis Groves-Killebrew, CB
- Tyree West, DT
- Bear Alexander, DT
- C.J. Washington, ILB
- Darris Smith, OLB
- Donovan Westmoreland, DE
- Jalon Walker, LB
As can be seen on Walker's highlight tape, he's an immensely talented athlete that plays in space a lot. He's an outside linebacker on the high-school level, but unfortunately there are few programs that still play the traditional outside linebacker on the college level. Today, high-school outside linebackers have one of two options — become an edge rusher or an inside linebacker.
According to sources, Walker is doing the latter for the University of Georgia. And he fits the mold of the most recent commits at the position. Georgia recruited three inside linebackers in the 2021 recruiting class: Smael Mondon, Xavian Sorey and Jamon Dumas-Johnson. Both Mondon and Sorey are 6-foot-3, 225-pound athletes being asked to play linebacker.
Walker, much like Sorey, will need to learn to play within the confines of the box, but the athleticism and power displayed on tape are transcendent and enviable for any position in the Georgia defense.
Georgia's inside linebackers aren't asked to do much in the passing game, as they are more responsible for dropping into soft zone coverage over the middle, though they may occasionally be tasked with covering the back out of the backfield. However, Walker is the type of athlete that will feel more than comfortable if left alone in the slot and asked to cover a wideout or tight end.
Additionally, Georgia will be asking Walker to rush the passer during his time in Athens, and Walker will excel. He's nearing the length of a pass rusher as he is at 6-foot-3 with very long arms, Georgia will utilize that skillset on third downs in the future.
Here's a look at his latest highlights:
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