December 9, 2008

JUCO All-Star wants to come home

Junior College All-Star running back Travis Walker grew up just minutes away from the Mississippi State campus in West Point.

Now that his career is complete at Itawamba Community College, Walker would love nothing more than to return home to play for the Bulldogs.

"I would love to come play in Starkville," Walker said. "That's basically home to me. I'm in Starkville a lot but I haven't heard from them since I was in high school."

The 5-foot-10, 185-pounder was a junior running back helping West Point capture a 4A State Championship in 2005 before switching to quarterback out of necessity as a senior. Walker was recruited as a defensive back but his talent with the ball quickly placed him back on the offensive side of the ball.

Walker said the adjustment back to running back after spending a year under center was an easy one to make.

"To me everything was basically the same because in high school I basically ran the ball most of the time," Walker said. "The only difference between being a quarterback and a running back for me is just not touching the ball every play."

Walker was recruited out of high school by Mississippi State, Southern Miss and Iowa State but chose to take the junior college route first.

But after spending two years in Fulton, the big offers haven't rolled in just yet. Walker has a scholarship offer from Henderson State and has spoken with Western Kentucky as well as West Alabama.

Despite playing in only six games this past season at ICC, Walker was selected to play in the MACJC All-Star game this past weekend in Booneville. Walker, along with Indian teammate Kenard Springer combined 67 yards on 12 carries in a 16-14 loss for the North Squad.

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