The first five plays on the highlight tape of 2014 running back Austin Walter (Crosby, Texas/Crosby) basically sum up his resume.
While he’s not the biggest back, Walter makes up for size with his quickness, shiftiness and explosiveness. He was 24 yards short of a 2,000-yard rushing season as a junior and finished the year with 20 rushing touchdowns. Walter also caught 29 passes for 288 yards and two touchdowns from his twin brother, Crosby quarterback Aston Walter. For his efforts, Walter was named the offensive MVP of his district.
At 5-foot-7 and 170 pounds, Walter put on his uniform every game to prove that contrary to what many believe, size should be irrelevant in regards to his recruiting.
“The main thing I want people to notice is I can be an all-purpose back, not just a third-down back,” Walter said. “We played against some teams with some good linebackers, and they were way bigger than our team, but it didn’t faze me. I want people to see I can take punishment, but I can also make people miss and be very valuable.”
Walter is still looking for his first offer but has interest from multiple schools, including Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, TCU and Texas A&M. He’s been invited to Northwestern, Boise State and Texas A&M to watch spring practices.
With a 3.4 grade-point average, Walter additionally is getting looks from the Ivy League schools. Wherever he ends up, Walter wants the college scouts to know one thing: He and his brother are a package deal.
“We plan on going to the same college,” Walter said. “That’s like the first and foremost thing for us.”