Varina LB Jailin Walker (Photo: Lance Hinton/recruit757)
Varina LB Jailin Walker announces final six
by Byron Jones, recruit804
Varina High School’s Jailin Walker (2021 LB/RB 6-2 195) held zero offers heading into April of this year.
On a whim, he began sending out his videos and connecting with college coaches. Coach Mike London and William and Mary liked what they saw and decided to offer Walker a scholarship on April 7th.
From there, it was off to the races. West Point, Georgetown, JMU, UPENN, Richmond, Temple, Liberty, ECU, Bryant, Yale, Howard, Gardner Webb, ODU, Elon, Air Force, and Stony Brook all hopped in the race for Walker’s talent.
On Monday, Jailin announced his six finalists. Temple, Liberty, ODU JMU, Howard, and Yale made the final cut.
“It feels great to narrow down the list. Now I’m one step closer to committing,” explained Walker.
When asked about some of the deciding factors in selecting his final six, Walker stated, “The love and interest stood out from the colleges I picked. They communicated with me about twice a week just to check on my daily life. It wasn’t just about football with them.”
He continued, “I’m looking for a system that has a winning mindset. I’m looking for a place where the football team has a bond not only on the field but also off the field. Lastly, I’m looking for a school that will give me a great education and set me up for a great career after football ends.”
Walker told recruit804 that he intends to commit sometime in early September. When that day arrives, Jailin will be surrounded by family, friends, teammates, and coaches. However, one important person won’t be in attendance.
Last August before the start of his junior year, Jailin’s father was shot and killed. Jailin had to grow up quick and he became the man of the house.
“My father used to tell me “Always do it for those who can’t and never take a day off.” His death showed me that through adversity I must do everything to the best of my ability. I’ve also learned to never take anything for granted because every opportunity in life can close if effort isn’t put forth to be successful.”
At this point, Jailin intends to play his senior season in the spring if all goes according to plan. “Some say there’s nothing like playing high school football. I need to rock that Blue Devil jersey one more time!”
– Byron Jones