Terps Scouting: McDonogh Offensive Lineman Tamarus Walker

In His Words

McDonogh (MD) three-star guard Tamarus Walker kicked off his season with a 21-2 win over Mount Zion Prep. One week after Walker camped at Maryland in early June, the in-state lineman officially visited Maryland and announced his pledge just hours after the short trip. Walker committed as a center, but is still lining up at right guard for McDonogh.

“I’m getting a lot of reps in practice [at center],” he told Inside the Black and Gold after the win.

“Last week it wasn’t a game-like situation so I wanted to condition more going into this week.” For now, Walker is embracing his strength in run blocking. “I like to run block a lot, pass block you can’t really be as aggressive as on run block.” For the rest of the season, Walker hopes his senior film shows “setting the blocks better, for defense and offense, and try to get to the next level.”

Walker, now at 295-pounds, is looking to get feedback from his future position coach with additional film to scout. “He actually looked at my film a couple of days ago, we’re supposed to talk on the phone and see where I can do better, work on those things. We talk a lot. I like the whole coaching staff, it’s all family up there.”

Walker remains locked in with Maryland and has started building a rapport with the rest of the commits. “We just made a groupchat so we’re all socializing, getting to know each other more and start building the brotherhood.” He knows of two games that he’ll get to in College Park this fall.

I know for sure I’m going to the Northwestern game because me and my friend Mason [Robinson] will go up. Definitely the Ohio State game. If I don’t have a game that day, I’ll get up there for the game.

Walker is rated a three-star prospect and an 84 overall by On3, sitting as the 30th-best prospect in Maryland.

Scouting

Walker has spent time in practice taking snaps at center, but he’s still lining up at left guard where McDonogh has put the Terps verbal through the years. At 6-foot-3.5 and 295 pounds, Walker’s clear strength is his lower body and low center of gravity. Building his upper body strength is a potential area of growth once he arrives in College Park, but Walker’s leg strength was evident especially in run blocking. Decent punch and hand placement, but was aggressive at the point of attack and was able to consistently put Mount Zion linemen on their heels. Footwork can improve. Transition to center will require a expertise in the playbook and opposing blitz schemes but with Coltin Deery and Aric Harris on the roster, Walker prepares to become a veteran starter once he arrives at Maryland.

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