Jalon Walker, a four-star linebacker from North Carolina, has made his decision.
Next offseason Georgia football stands to lose Nakobe Dean, Quay Walker, and Channing Tindall. This would make picking up an inside linebacker in the 2022 recruiting cycle a huge priority. This is why Kirby Smart has targeted the very talented Jalon Walker. He is a 6-2 200 pound linebacker out of Salisbury, NC.
Walker’s decision came down to either Clemson or Georgia and he has chosen to be a Dawg. Walker becomes Georgia football’s tenth commit overall and its sixth four-star recruit of the 2022 recruiting cycle. He also becomes the second defensive player to commit to Georgia this week as Malaki Starks committed to the G on Friday night.
Radi Nabulsi of Rivals.com made the official announcement on Twitter:
According to 247Sports’ Composite, Walker is the number 50 prospect in the 2022 recruiting cycle. He is the number four linebacker and number two prospect coming out of the state of North Carolina. Walker also played some safety last year. Not only is Walker a great football player, but he was also all-conference in basketball and he ran track. Georgia football is getting one heck of an athlete.
Gabe Brooks, midland region recruiting analyst for 247Sports, has this to say about Walker:
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“Long-framed linebacker with good height and very good length,” Brooks wrote. “Owns virtually college-ready size as an off-ball linebacker with frame space to possibly grow into a full-time edge player, depending on scheme. Ample experience as off-ball linebacker and walking up to the edge. Flashes chase-down athleticism, especially in backside situations aligned on the edge. Shows consistent explosion from two-point stance as an edge rusher in pass-rushing situations. Closes well in pursuit. Athleticism and anticipation allows him to beat blocks to spots to make plays vs. the run. Has shown some encouraging ability to pick up backs in the flats and drop into short zone in coverage situations.”
This is another huge get from Glenn Schuman and Dan Lanning, both of whom were the ones recruiting Walker for Georgia football. Getting players like this is why Georgia is starting to be known as LBU in some circles. There certainly have been some great linebackers that have come through Athens, Ga.
There is no doubt that Walker could have the same kind of impact as them on the program.