Walker Can't Wait

Lee Walker

San Diego (Calif.) Madison receiver Lee Walker, an Arizona commit, is looking forward to joining the Wildcats' program...

San Diego (Calif.) Madison receiver Lee Walker was all smiles after the Warhawks' 21-17 win over Monrovia (Calif.), as his team clenched the CIF Southern Section Division-III title.

"The win just means we have to work harder. It's great to get this win, come out and beat a team we've never played before, and have our team be clutch, have my team behind me. There's always talk about Los Angeles teams and San Diego teams and it was great to get the win," he said.

The play of the game was Walker's 91-yard touchdown return, a play that even surprised him.

"I was in shock that I ran that back. I was setting them up; I didn't think it would go like that, thought that I would get five or ten yards, but then I saw the opening and I had to explode," he said.

The 6-foot, 160-pound receiver committed to Arizona in August and is looking forward to playing for the Wildcats next fall.

"It's been great," he said of the commitment. "The coaches are great. I love Arizona; I'm a big fan of the school. Ever since they offered, I've just felt great about it."

A perk for Walker is that he will be playing college ball with his current teammate and friend, running back Pierre Cormier.

"Me and Pierre have bonded for three years now. He had said 'I have a scholarship to Arizona' and I said 'I do too, let's go up and visit together.' So we took that visit and everything was great; they have a great atmosphere, great facilities, great coaches. Everything is great. I just want to go there and contribute to them the way I have to the Madison Warhawks," he said.

The two players will trip to Tuscon for their official visits on January 24th.

After the game, Walker reiterated his commitment to the program.

"I believe I am set. I'm a very loyal player. I've been loyal to [Madison coach] Rick Jackson, and I'll be loyal to Rich Rodriguez," he said.

As he reflects upon his senior season, Walker can see growth as a leader, something he plans to take with him to the next level.

"I've improved as a leader. I've always been a good player, but I just didn't know how to lead a team until my senior year. I just look to carry this leadership on to next week's game, and then from there, to the rest of my life. I have learned a lot from my teammates and it's because of these guys that I can even score. If it wasn't for their blocks, for their hard work, I wouldn't be able to do any of those things on the field," he said.

Walker and the Madison Warhawks face off against Kentfield (Calif.) Marin Catholic this Saturday for the CIF Division-III State Title.

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