Walker becomes the fourth Gilmer Buckeye nominated to play in the prestigious game. Justin (Bus) Johnson, David Snow and Curtis Brown were also nominated and all three of them were selected and played in the game after their senior seasons at GHS.
Buckeye Head Coach Jeff Traylor had nothing but praise for Josh when asked his thoughts about the nomination. “Great kid; one of the greatest that I’ve ever coached. (He is) a humble and polite kid; so happy for him to receive the scholarship to A&M and this prestigious nomination.”
The Mirror visited with Josh at the Buckeye Field House last Friday afternoon and asked his thoughts about being nominated to play in the game.
“Just to be nominated is a blessing because I’ve always wanted to play in the Army Bowl. I’ve always watched it and I think it would be a great experience for me to be in it and a great way to represent my school and my community and my friends and family. I want to be in it, but if I don’t get picked, it’s a blessing to get nominated.”
We asked his thoughts on being involved in a successful program of the quality of Gilmer’s. “It means a lot. I’ve been here since elementary. I’ve grown up with all these people around here in this community and I’ve been around these people on this team my whole life, basically, and they’re like my second family, like my brothers, and it means a lot for me to go out and just be a part of something special and be a part of the Gilmer program because we have a lot of great history here. It would be a great experience for me.”
As all Buckeye fans are aware, Josh has already committed to play for the Texas A&M Aggies in the fall of 2014. We asked his thoughts about having the opportunity to play for Head Coach Kevin Sumlin.
“Kevin Sumlin is a great coach. He’s a great guy to be around and I’ve been down there already three times and just to be around the coaching staff is great. They make me feel comfortable. It’s just like being here at Gilmer. That’s how I feel. Just to be a part of the A&M program will be great; the coaches, the team, the community, just the whole atmosphere there is great. It is something any kid would want to be around. I know I’m going to stay (commitment-wise) with A&M and I can’t wait to get down there and play. It will just be a great experience. I think I am going to be a defensive player. I’m more defensive-minded, but wherever they put me I’ll play!”
“I think playing in the Army All-American Game would be great because you are going against the top players in the nation, so you get to see what the talent would be like at a college level. I think it will help you to adjust to the speed and the size and quickness of those guys and it will get you more looks and help you become more of an impact player in college.”
The formal announcement of the athletes selected to play in the game will come later this year after the beginning of the 2013 high school football season. Josh Walker certainly deserves the honor, and all Buckeye fans will be in his corner and rooting for this fine young man to be selected. Good luck, Josh!