Southwood LB Walters has next-level talent

By LEE BRECHEEN, Louisiana Football Magazine

Southwood has had some really good players come out of its program the past few years, even though the team probably hasn’t been talked about as much, like back during the high school career of former Super Bowl quarterback Stan Humphries, who is now one of the state’s best amateur golfers, and girls basketball coaches (Ouachita Christian) many years later.

There’s still talent at Southwood, a program full of history. The most talented player on a team full of prospects right now is someone I have watched for three years:  Corinthian Walters, who I saw play quarterback going all the way back to the 2020 season when he started some games at that spot. He’s also played running back, wide receiver, defensive back, and now linebacker.

I feel Walters is a bona fide big-time sleeper FBS prospect at outside linebacker, a hard spot to find recruits that fit the FBS level right now. Walters runs a legit 4.55 to 4.6 40, is 6-1 and weighs anywhere from 200 to 205 pounds on the eve of his of his senior season.

Walters is mature beyond his years, smart, and what I love more is he’s a team player. He has played wherever the coaches need him.

I think as an outside linebacker in college he could be a three-year starter for many programs. He is capable, with a strong senior season in 2022, of being a very sought-after FBS player by many colleges that did not recruit him in the spring or summer. He has the “IT factor;” he has the stuff to be great.

“Corinthian Walters is the ideal student-athlete,” said head coach Jesse Esters. “He sports above a 3.3 GPA in the classroom. He’s a student leader to incoming freshmen and a role-model citizen around our campus. After the loss to Byrd in 2021, he made a promise to dedicate the next nine months to building and conditioning his body to be a better player on the field.”

“He powerlifted and ran track,” said Esters. “He had gotten up to 210 pounds before track season and trimmed down. Every recruiter that came through the doors of Southwood was impressed with who he was and what he brought to the table. We expect nothing but the best from him.”

“I like the game of football because of the competition,” said Walters. “I have always been a competitor since I was little, and football just did it for me.”

“My first offer was from Louisiana Christian (formerly Louisiana College), and I have high interest from schools like East Texas Baptist, ULL, Mississippi College, Belhaven College, and a few others from the spring and early summer.”

My guess is more opportunities will come his way this fall. At an FCS program, he could find the field quickly. At a lower level, he could start very early. Wherever he lands, he’s the kind of person and competitor who will make an impact.

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