Cavon Walker, Sophomore, Outside linebacker, No. 39
Collegiate Stats: 13 games, nine tackles (two solo)
High School Stats (Senior Year): No idea!
247sports composite Ratings: Three stars, 62nd-best weakside defensive end in the nation, sixth-best player in D.C.
Who Maryland beat: NC State, Purdue, Houston, New Mexico
High School: Friendship Collegiate Academy
Hometown: Washington, D.C.
High School Highlights:
How'd He Get to College Park?
Like Jermaine Carter, Cavon Walker transferred to Friendship Collegiate (in his case, from Dunbar) in a hope to win a championship. Right before his junior year began, he fractured his foot, causing him to miss the season (it's why the highlight video above is of his sophomore campaign). His senior year, he got that championship.
Walker committed to Maryland with a group of fellow Friendship players, but he was a Terp all the way (not even listing a runner-up school). He also received offers from NC State, Houston, Purdue and New Mexico. He played a lot of defensive end in high school (at least at Dunbar), and was named second-team All-Met by the Washington Post as a high school senior.
Profiling the entire team
As a true freshman, Walker played in all 13 games, primarily appearing on special teams. He recorded nine tackles, with a career-high four coming against Virginia.
Recording four tackles against Virginia.
Alex Twine moves inside, and Walker takes over the backup SAM role -- setting himself up for the starting job next season.
Walker is a phenomenal athlete, and is an interesting fit at the SAM position -- with his physique, he's a much bigger linebacker than the other players in the role, and is the only one with plus pass-rushing ability. He's behind two seniors for now in Matt Robinson and Alex Twine, and while he's unlikely to supplant either on the depth chart, he should see more playing time as Twine provides increased cover inside. This year, expect Walker to continue to play a role on special teams, occasionally finding his way onto the field at the SAM position.
Our next player was the highest rated high school recruit in Maryland's class his senior season -- but not the highest rated overall recruit in the class.
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