Woodgrove QB Graham Walker (Photo: Lance Hinton/recruitNoVA)
Graham Walker picks Frostburg State
by Jim McGrath, recruitNoVA
For Woodgrove quarterback Graham Walker, life has been a whirlwind ever since the Wolverines won the Class 4 state championship almost six weeks ago. In the 38-33 stunner over Lake Taylor, the senior QB threw for 343 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 133 yards and a score on 37 carries.
Even with new opportunities being presented to him, as it became time to make a college decision, the sturdy signal caller turned introspective while making his choice from among schools such as Towson, Fairmont State, Shepherd and Christopher Newport.
“I loved the area, and the campus,” said Walker, who on Monday committed to continue his education and football career at Frostburg State. Then in a bit of a revelation, he added, “and the location. My grandparents live five minutes away from the school.”
As it turned out, Walker is very familiar with the campus, which is nestled in the Western Maryland mountainside, near Cumberland. “I’ve been there many times. We used to go to the school when our family would visit. But once you find the right fit, and after my visit, I was 100 percent sure.”
Frostburg is also in the middle of an exclusive upgrade to its athletic programs, with extensive renovations being completed to Bobcat Stadium and other facilities. The team will also be bumping up from its Division 3 status in the New Jersey Athletic Conference to Division 2 as a new member of the Mountain East, taking the place of Shepherd (WV).
“I like what they’re doing with the program,” said Walker. “Their attitude is that we are going to be competitive in Division 2 immediately.”
While instant success in a new league isn’t always guaranteed, the offense seems to be built for a durable (six feet, 210 pounds) two-way quarterback who averaged over 30 carries a game in Woodgrove’s playoff run. “They like to open up the offense, but they can run or throw, depending on the opponent. So, they’re not set in their philosophy, and Coach (DeLane) Fitzgerald puts players in the best position to win.
Fitzgerald’s philosophy worked at the D-3 level as the Bobcats, who have compiled a 41-14 record over his five-year tenure, including last year’s 10-1 campaign which ended with a stinging 58-27 loss to Johns Hopkins.
Admittedly, Walker is not sure what the immediate future holds for him at Frostburg, but concludes with that “I am excited for it, and I can’t wait to get up there and compete from the start.”
– Jim McGrath