Chris Hatcher’s Macon connections have paid off again.
The Murray State head coach found a receiver in his hometown, landing Westside’s DeQavius Walker on National Signing Day on Wednesday.
“Chris is a heck of a coach,” Westside head coach Sheddrick Risper said. “DeQavius will take a wealth of knowledge from him about the game of football, as well as the game of life. We’re just happy he’s with one of Macon’s own.”
Although Walker was the only Westside player to sign, he could make a quick difference at the FCS level. Walker said he is expected to compete for a starting spot as a freshman at one of the outside receiver spots, as well as on special teams as a returner.
Walker was a versatile playmaker for Westside as a senior. He rotated between quarterback and receiver as a senior, throwing for 990 yards, rushing for 612 yards and recording 650 receiving yards.
“They have (depth), but they don’t have outside receivers,” Walker said. “So me and another guy they recruited are going to fill in at the Z-spot.”
“His catching the ball is phenomenal. He has great hands, and his route running is very nice,” Risper said. “He’s disciplined when it comes to route running, and he does the little things like coming back to the football, tucking the ball away. He does the little things that will add to their program.”
It was Hatcher’s personal touch that lured Walker to the Ohio Valley Conference program located in far western Kentucky. Hatcher is 24-21 in four seasons at Murray State, going 6-6 last season.
“We have a great relationship,” Walker said. “He called me, checked up on me, asked me if there was anything I needed. He’s been more than a recruiter, more than a head coach. He helped me through the whole process, staying with me and standing by my side. That’s why he got the commitment.”