Monday, March 4, 2013
Coaches' corner: DT Charles Walker
By Brandon Chatmon
After recruiting them for several months, Oklahoma's coaching staff was finally able to talk publicly about the players the Sooners added to the program on signing day. Over the next week or so, SoonerNation will review some of the key things coaches had to say about the players signed at each position group during their signing day webcast on Soonersports.com.
Defensive tackle Charles Walker (Garland, Texas/South Garland) fits the definition of an under-the-radar recruit. The Sooners signed Walker because they saw something unique in him as he spurned offers from New Mexico, Houston, North Texas, Texas State and New Mexico State.
"We couldn't figure out what was going on with his recruitment," defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said of Walker's limited number of offers. "Charles is a very undervalued player in a national scope of recruiting, we really like what he can do."
Walker's athleticism is readily apparent in his highlight film which shows the 6-foot-4, 280-pound defensive tackle signee block a punt, outrun the punter to the ball then return the blocked punt for a touchdown. That type of playmaking ability is one of the reasons the Sooners didn't care who else wanted Walker and didn't hesistate to add him to the program.
"All the stars and all the ratings go out of the window when you come through the doors here, it's about developing players," Stoops said. "He’ll have a chance to be a playmaker for us."