Excessive Faculty Soccer: Walker was Distinctive, Particular, and Eclectic – Salisbury Submit
Posted by Mike London
SALISBURY – In a normal season, Zeek Biggers, the Georgia Tech-tied defender of West Rowan, Zae Clay, the defender of Salisbury, or Zay Davis, the multipurpose player from North Rowan, could be Rowan County’s Defensive Player of the Year.
After all, they’re seniors, and they’ve been good, but Salisbury junior linebacker Jalon Walker is just on a different planet from everyone else. He was recently named Gatorade Player of the Year for the entire state. They picked Walker over all the offensive people as well as the defensive people.
“If Jalon weren’t special and unique, he wouldn’t be getting all of the opportunities and accolades that he’s got,” said Salisbury head coach Brian Hinson. “He’s just so versatile. At different times we have used it on all three levels. “
Walker, a Georgia commit, was a bloody 220-pound linebacker who could also rush the passerby or play free safety.
He made 97 tackles, 19 for loss, and a total of eight sacks. And that was with every game plan, in order to stay as far away from him as possible. When Walker was lined up on the left, the teams ran to the right.
Walker’s role in Salisbury’s sweeping win in the 2AA state championship game was crucial.
“Everyone knows he did 12 tackles, but they were great tackles,” said Hinson. “He did duels in space for two-yard gains. St. Pauls threw many short passes into the apartments, and Jalon had the apartment. He basically took that stuff away. “
Walker also had two key receptions in the title game, one for a touchdown. That is special versatility.
He scored a quick TD in the playoff game with Maiden.
Walker has another high school season to play, so there’s no telling what might be in store this fall.
He never stops working so his game can continue to grow.
“We’re just glad he’s on our team,” said Hinson. “He makes my work easier by being able to do so many things well. But he makes my job more difficult because I have to figure out how to best use his talent. “