Cavon Walker, junior, linebacker, No. 39
Collegiate stats: 15 tackles (seven solo), one pass deflection
High school: Friendship Collegiate Academy (Washington, D.C.)
Composite recruiting rating: Three stars (.8209), No. 62 weak-side defensive end, No. 6 player in D.C.
Who Maryland beat: NC State, Purdue, Houston, New Mexico
High school highlights:
How'd He Get to College Park?
Cavon Walker originally attended Dunbar High School in D.C., but transferred to Friendship Collegiate with the hopes of winning a championship. After fracturing his foot his junior season and missing the entire year, Walker and Friendship won the title his senior year. Walker committed to Maryland at the same time as blue-chip Friendship teammates Derwin Gray and Yannick Ngakoue.
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. In 2014 as a reserve SAM linebacker, he tied a career high with four tackles against James Madison and had two tackles against West Virginia before missing the rest of the season with injury.
Recording four tackles against Virginia his freshman year.
Walker secures one of the starting outside linebacker positions, proving reliable in covering the short passing game and using his size to deliver some punishing hits.
Maryland has added some competition at outside linebacker in Jefferson Ashiru, so Walker may no longer be a shoo-in to start. Walker and Abner Logan were previously the two favorites (by some margin), and those two will probably be competing with Ashiru for the two spots. Walker may be the best at pass coverage of the three, but Maryland's new 4-3 defense has different linebacker roles than Brian Stewart's 3-4. Until we know what those are, it's hard to predict exactly who will win the starting jobs -- but all three should play significant roles.
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