Coventry senior Walker chooses Kent State over Bowling Green

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At 6-foot-5 and about 200 pounds, it won’t be difficult to spot Jeff Walker in the Kent State offense at Dix Stadium in the near future. That height advantage certainly worked to Walker’s benefit during his senior year at Coventry, where he was a versatile threat at wide receiver, quarterback, kick returner, safety and punter.


At 6-foot-5 and about 200 pounds, it won’t be difficult to spot Jeff Walker in the Kent State offense at Dix Stadium in the near future.

That height advantage certainly worked to Walker’s benefit during his senior year at Coventry, where he was a versatile threat at wide receiver and quarterback. His athleticism was obvious and exactly what Kent State was looking for as the Golden Flashes plan to throw the ball more in the immediate future.

On Saturday, Walker felt that Kent State simply provided the best fit possible – so he made an oral commitment to play football and continue his education at the Mid-American Conference school.

“I just felt comfortable there on my visit and I had a great time,” Walker said. “I liked the coaching staff and the players.”

Walker, who also considered Bowling Green, was a Division III special mention all-state selection at wide receiver. He was also first team all-district and the Comets’ MVP among other awards. He was the team’s quarterback for about 75 percent of the season.

“I think it is a great fit for Jeff and he will be very successful in their program,” Coventry coach Jay Newcome said. “Kent State has stated that they are committed to throwing the football and I believe Jeff will be a wonderful asset to their offense and their program. I wish him nothing but the best as he continues his career at the next level.”

Walker said he will do “anything on the field” for Kent State, whether that’s blocking or catching or whatever role is best.

Walker caught 27 passes for 357 yards (13.2 ypc.) and three touchdowns this season. As a quarterback, he also threw for 205 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 484 yards and three touchdowns.

Walker also returned kicks and punts, played free safety and was a punter. He was instrumental in helping Coventry reach the state playoffs for the first time during the 2006 season. Walker had 54 receptions for 874 yards and eight touchdowns (16.2 ypc.) that season.

“Stepping up as a sophomore really opened the door for me,” Walker said.

Walker is listed as the No. 54-best prospect in the state for the 2009 class, according to the Ohio High Magazine Top 100.

“He can go up and over defenders and is a beautiful, smooth athlete,” wrote Duane Long, recruiting editor for Ohio High Magazine. “He makes playing the game look effortless. He gets open against press coverage and zone coverage and has outstanding hands and is elusive after the catch.”

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