2022 LB Jalon Walker (6-2 220) of Salisbury, NC is one of the top prospects at his position in the country in the 2022 class. He narrowed his decision to Clemson, North Carolina, Georgia, Ohio State, Alabama and Auburn and is moving closer to a final decison, something that seems a matter of weeks away, if not sooner.
Walker got the chances to visit Clemson in March before the Dead Period was imposed. From there, he and defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Brent Venables have struck up a tight relationship.
“Coach Venables has been my main person that I have been talking to. They said that I have a right key fit to be a part of their program,” Walker said. “Coach Venables is a great person. I have known coach Venables for three years now going into my recruitment. I think we have built a great relationship.”
Walker has attended Clemson football camps the last three years, so he has been able to display his talents directly in front of the man who would coach him at Clemson.
“As a player, he has seen how I have developed and can see that I am very coachable and that I’m a hard worker,” Walker said. “In the defense, he can see me filling in that hybrid linebacker spot. My field strengths are probably my speed and being able to cover in space. Whatever school gets Jalon Walker will receive the most dedicated person to making the program and the university great.”
Walker doesn’t have a date for a decision, but the indications have been he’s not that far off. And his close relationship with Venables could be the swing factor when he sits down to make the call.
“Relationships go a long way for me,” Walker said. “Great relationships and a program that’s going to help my future after football.”
Walker, whose dad is the head coach at Catawba College, is rated as a four-star prospect and ranked the #4 outside linebacker prospect in the nation and the #2 prospect in North Carolina for the 2022 class according to the 247Sports Composite.