- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 1, 2010

CLEVELAND (AP) - While Aundrey Walker has the size and strength to start in college now, he says his focus is trying to win a state championship for Cleveland Glenville High School.

“The goal here is to always win the state title,” said Walker, a 6-5, 355-pound offensive lineman who is on The Associated Press East Region 25 list of top recruits.

“Losing by one point was a devastating but learning experience,” he said of dropping the 2009 Ohio Division I title game on a 2-point conversion with 1:04 to play.

“I’m not about individual play. A championship is shared by friends. We are driven to win a title. That is more important than recruiting right now,” he said.

Walker said he will utilize all five of his recruiting trips, including three visits to Michigan State, Ohio State, and Southern California. He mentioned Pittsburgh as a possibility for one of his other two trips and has received offers from many major programs, including Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State, Syracuse and West Virginia.

“He’s a great player with a lot to learn,” said coach Ted Ginn, Sr. “He’s only 16 years old. He will enjoy the recruiting process but is staying focused on his senior year.”

Ginn’s son Ted, now an NFL wide receiver, is among many players who have gone from the uniquely nicknamed “Tarblooders” to Ohio State in recent years.

Walker said the Buckeyes are on his list as the “home state school,” and because of their established coaching staff. He also likes Southern Cal’s tradition and the enthusiasm and energy of the staff at Michigan State.

He has quick feet and scouts believe redistributing a few pounds will help his speed and agility as an overpowering run blocker.

Despite his size, he has yet to develop the technique to completely overpower opposing defensive linemen, but beats them with a quick first move. He does provide good protection for quarterback Cardale Jones, another highly regarded recruit.

“I’m working on my leverage and want to finish my blocks better,” said Walker, who dropped 15 pounds over the summer. “I’m in better shape. I want to be the best lineman in the country.”

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