Aubrey Walker is one of the best players from the Birmingham, AL area in the Class of 2026.
The 5-foot-1, 100-pound Walker, who attends Berry Middle School, is a dynamic player that works as a running back, linebacker and safety for the Spain Park Jaguars.
Walker has earned plenty of recognition during his outstanding career, such as being a captain four years in a row, being selected to the All American All Star Game and being an MVP twice at youth camps.
Walker is humbled by the accolades.
“It means a lot to me that people notice my talent. It makes me want to work even harder,” Walker said. “It was fun going up against players I never played against. It was a fun experience.”
No matter the opponent, every game Walker is determined to give it his all.
Walker is going all out.
The motor is always at full throttle whenever Walker steps between the lines.
“When I’m at running back I think touchdown not first down,” Walker said. “And when I’m on defense my mindset is to stop everybody from scoring. I don’t like when teams score on us.”
Walker has great passion and energy whenever he’s on the field. Walker tells why he enjoys the game of football so much.
“What I love most about playing football is that you get to play against different teams and get to show your talent to different coaches,” Walker said. “But winning five championships in my life is what I love the most. I love to get that trophy at the end.”
Walker has learned many valuable lessons from playing football that he applies to his everyday life.
The main one is applying perspective to all situations.
“Playing football has taught me so much about life in general,” Walker said. “Playing football has taught me when it’s hard you’ve got to keep pushing no matter what. You can’t give up.”
Walker recalls his favorite football memory.
“When I broke five tackles with the same spin move and went 60 yards for the touchdown,” Walker said. “It felt unreal like I wasn’t doing what I was doing. It was cool. It was an amazing moment.”
David Bonamy is Walker’s coach for the Spain Park Jaguars.
Bonamy explains the best parts of Walker’s game.
“His vision and ability to extend plays on offense and his discipline and understanding of playing the OLB position to close the gap and work downhill,” Bonamy said. “I like his footwork and ability to stay athletic and balanced. It keeps him aggressive.”
Walker takes his role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Walker makes sure he’s a daily positive influence on his peers.
“When my teammates get down I encourage them and when somebody scores on my team I try to be the first one to congratulate them,” Walker said. “The best advice I give to my teammates is to don’t give me. We’ve got this. Trust me.”
Bonamy adds that Walker is one of those consummate teammates that every squad needs to be successful.
“He shows leadership quietly, but makes big plays both sides of the ball,” Bonamy said. “He changes the course of a game with one play. He and this group are friends and teammates and they work for each other.”
Walker is appreciative of having amazing male role models that are supportive.
“My coaches have taught me how to be a better player and person on and off the field,” Walker said. “They challenge me to be the best on and off the field and to no matter what, never give up. The best advice they give is to me is to never give up and keep pounding because can’t nobody stop Breezy.”
Bonamy is an advocate of Walker’s capabilities.
“He made the winning score in a tight game late in the fourth quarter with a 30-yard run last year in the championship,” Bonamy said. “He makes big hits and has constant pursuit at linebacker in all big games.”
In addition to making clutch plays, Walker is developing a high level of football IQ as well.
Walker is growing into excellent football awareness that puts him in position to thrive.
“Understands the game and is in the right position through understanding opposing offenses when playing D,” Bonamy said. “He’s a very smart player that always puts himself in a position to make plays.”
Walker is on the grind to perfect and hone his craft in any way possible.
“I have yet to hear him complain about practice and he is always full speed. He always pushes himself to his limit,” Bonamy said. “He has a great work ethic and attitude.”
Bonamy explains why he compares Walker to these standout.
“Offensively he runs ball like Ladanian Tomlinson because he has great vision, finds the seam and extends plays. We play base 5-3 base D. He is a strong side OLB. He’s a Dont’a Hightower like guy with quick play recognition and an aggressive attack,” Bonamy said. “He’s able to do things at his age that’s comparable to Tomlinson and Hightower.”
Walker patterns his mentality after these players.
“For running back, I watch highlights of Darren McFadden. He was a one cut downhill runner like me. My dad showed me him and I liked him. When he was in college he was a beast,” Walker said. “On defense Sean Taylor because he will knock somebody out when he gets a chance. I think I’m the same way.”
Walker is constantly striving for greatness in everything that he does.
“My goal on the field is to win as many championships than anyone ever and off the field my goal is to become a brain surgeon,” Walker said. “I want to make my family proud of me in everything that I do.”
Walker explains his collegiate aspirations.
“It always been Oregon just because I want to go there,” Walker said. “Especially because of the team colors and different uniforms that are nasty.”
Walker lists since as his favorite subject in school.
“My favorite subject is science because I enjoy experimenting,” Walker said. “Science can really teach you a lot.”
Bonamy lists the improvements that will take Walker’s game to the next level.
“Learning multiple positions and small details with things such as blocking positions, sound tackling techniques, first steps, alternate schemes and open field play,” Bonamy said.
Bonamy believes the sky is the limit as long as Walker continues to stay hungry.
“He is a very quiet player but he has all the ability and can go as far as he commits to,” Bonamy said.
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