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Boise State roster countdown 2019: Day 15, Jalen Walker

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It won’t be till tomorrow until I can officially announce we have two freaking weeks until kickoff...but guys, we have two freaking weeks until kickoff. Today let’s take a gander at #15 on the Bronco roster—Jalen Walker

#15, Jalen Walker, RS Junior, CB

Stats

Height: 6’0”

Weight: 179 lbs. (+5 lbs)

High School/College: Lawndale HS, Lawndale, CA

How’d he get to The Blue™?

Jalen was a surprise in the 2016 class in that we didn’t know about him until signing day. Walker played DB, LB, AND wide receiver at Lawndale and was the Ocean League Defensive Player of the Year as a senior and an All-Ocean League first-teamer at wide receiver as a junior.

Nickname

“Jaywalk”

A minor infraction...but a real timesaver.

Look-alike

Young Terry Crews

Career Highlights

Played in 10 games in 2018, making 19 tackles, breaking up 2 passes and recovering 2 fumbles. Played in 12 games in 2017 including a start in the Vegas Bowl against Oregon. Academic All Mountain-West in 2017. Ocean League Defensive Player of the Year as a senior at Lawndale after recording 116 tackles, with 23 of them for loss.

2019 Prospectus

Tyler Horton’s heir has been anything but apparent, but Walker has only 5 fewer game appearances than the seemingly entrenched Avery Williams, so it’s a semi-safe bet that he’s at or near the top of the eligible suitors. Walker’s play style over the last two seasons hasn’t been overly flashy, but he also hasn’t been prone to conspicuous mistakes either and that’s definitely a desirable trait from the DBs. The Broncos finished 70th last season in passing yards allowed (but only gave up 17 TDs through the air), so there is plenty of room for improvement this season and experienced corners is one of the better ways to make that improvement happen unless there is a prodigy in the ranks of the freshman. I’d pencil Walker in as the second starter right now and start outlining it with pen the further we get into camp. Even if he doesn’t start every contest, he’s going to be a major contributor to the Bronco D and provide some great leadership for the younger fellas.

Is he on Twitter?

He is...and has developed quite the set of fangs.

Completely made up fact

Despite being from California, Walker is a certified Texas Ranger.