Kennedy-Richmond’s Walker commits to Cal

Kennedy High-Richmond’s Kenneth Walker III had plenty of options for continuing his football career. None of them could beat what Cal had to offer.
The speedy 6-foot, 175-pound wide receiver gave his oral commitment Friday morning to Bears coach Jeff Tedford, choosing Cal over Boise State, Washington and UCLA among others.
“It’s close to home and I like the business management program,” Walker said. “That what I want to major in.”

Walker had more than a dozen scholarship offers, including six from the Pac-12. Arizona State, Colorado and Washington State were among those that offered Walker, as well as San Jose State, Colorado State, New Mexico and UTEP, according to ESPN.
“It was a hard decision, but I feel like I made the right one,” Walker said.
He hopes his success can serve as a motivator to some of his Kennedy teammates.
“I’m kind of a mentor to some teammates,” Walker said. “I’m helping a few kids out, staying on task and doing big things.”
Walker was a first-team All-Bay Shore Athletic League utility player last season for Kennedy. He spent his freshman and sophomore years at Freedom and was a second-team All-Bay Valley Athletic League utility pick in 2009.
Walker has also starred on the track. He’s reached the California Interscholastic Federation state track and field championships three straight years in the 110-meter hurdles, placing sixth the past two years. He finished one spot ahead of De La Salle’s Michael Barton, also a Cal football commit and a former Pop Warner teammate, this past June. He said he would consider running track at Cal if the football coaching staff approved.
Walker has thought about attempting to graduate early to enroll at Cal in the spring, but said he wants another shot at the state track championships.
“I need to get in the top three,” he said.
Over the summer, Walker participated in Nike’s The Opening camp at the Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., and the B2G Elite Camp at UCLA. He is expected to play a big role this season for Kennedy’s football team, which hopes to contend in the BSAL.
“We’re going to get the ball in his hands as much as teams let us,” said Eagles coach Mack Carminer, who expects Walker to line up at wide receiver, running back, defensive back and kick returner.
Walker is the fourth East Bay star from the 2012 class to commit to Cal, joining Barton, Bishop O’Dowd linebacker Hardy Nickerson Jr. and San Ramon Valley quarterback Zach Kline.

Jimmy Durkin

Jimmy Durkin is a sports writer for the Bay Area News Group.

  • s1lverngreen

    Congratulations Kenny! I’ve never seen him play football but sure as hell have seen him give our Spartan hurdlers a run for their money in the last 3 years. He is a great competitor! Wish him all the best. Also, nice to the Bears continuing to gobble up the local talent. Shaq T. come on down!

  • KillerD

    It appears that Cal is wising up to the incredible talent at PUBLIC schools in the bay area.

    Walker of JFK is an amazing talent and has tremendous “wiggle” and great natural moves.

    Kline will do well with targets like Walker around him if Kline becomes the starter in two or three years.

  • s1lverngreen

    I think Cal is just wising up to local talent in general…If you look at the list of prospects that Cal is pursuing about 75% of them if not more are from publics, unfortunately, out of the area publics…

  • EarHustler

    How refreshing is it to hear this young man say, “I’m kind of a mentor to some teammates,” Walker said. “I’m helping a few kids out, staying on task and doing big things.”
    Well done young man, well done.

  • Oh boy

    What about his teammate? The big lineman? Is he getting any looks by D1 or west coast schools?

  • ManDown

    Congratulations and good luck Mr. Walker!

  • scoop

    wow, I am for sure going to follow this kid, Not only is he from a public school, But he goes to a school in a inner city thats probably the most dangerous in america, he must of fought trough a lot of adversity to get to where he is at, and the business program at berkeley is one of the best in america, so i get the idea that Mr. walker did All of his research on his choice of schools.. but what really stands out is him wanting to be a mentor to his teammates/brothers, WOW, I hope this young man becomes great. THis article really made me smile.