Walker inks to play football for ULL

By: LANCE REED

Sports Editor

He is one of the best running backs in the history of Mamou High School.

He ran for over 3,500 yards in his school career and scored over 50 touchdowns. Mamou’s Robert Walker was rewarded for all of his hard work Wednesday when he signed a full scholarship with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Walker selected ULL over other schools, including North Carolina, McNeese, South Eastern, Tulane and Northwestern.

“I am so excited to be part of the Cajun family,” Walker commented. “I went with ULL because the coaches were very nice. There are a lot of people in that area. It is also close to home and I like that. I wanted to be around people I know.”

Walker’s achievements at Mamou High School include two All-State selections to the Class 2A team and a three-time selection on the All-Evangeline Parish football team. He was selected as the Co-MVP during his senior year. He was also named to numerous other teams throughout the state. Walker knows about hard work, commitment and the things that come with it. That fact was evident when he set his goals up for his collegiate future.

“I would love to play early at ULL,” the young man said. “It doesn’t matter whether it is special teams or what, I just want to play. As for the long term, I want my college degree.”

Walker hopes to become the second member of his family to get a degree. His sister, Krystal Frank, graduated from college a few years ago. Like many high school seniors, he is not sure exactly what he will major in at the moment.

With his award, Walker hopes to inspire current young Mamou football players and future football players who will one day don the Mamou Green Demon football jersey.

“They should never let anyone tell them they can’t do something,” the future Cajun said. “They can be anything they want to if they put their mind to it. Anything is possible.”

Walker, the son of Sheila and Stacy Joseph, will graduate in May from high school and then prepare to move to Lafayette. Like most ULL freshman football players Walker will live it the dorms and begin a rigorous training program this summer. He joins a group of seven Louisiana recruits. The Cajuns signed a total of 18 new football players for the 2009 football season.

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