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Atascadero’s Walker to walk on Cal Poly football team

Weston Walker has done a little bit of everything as an athlete at Atascadero High.

Soon, the multi-sport Greyhounds star will look to bring his versatility and coachability to the Cal Poly football team.

Walker, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound senior, decided this week to join the Mustangs next year as a recruited walk-on, he said Friday.

After playing offensive tackle as a junior for Atascadero in 2009, Walker was moved to tight end at the start of this past season, and went on to earn Tribune all-San Luis Obispo County and PAC 7 all-league first-team honors.

Cal Poly’s coaching staff could look at him as a long snapper first, although he could also develop into a quick tackle down the line. NCAA rules prohibit coaches from commenting on unsigned recruits, but there may be an opening at long snapper on the Mustangs’ depth chart next year.

The program’s top two at the position at present, Troy Shotwell and Joe Brum, are both seniors who’ll complete their eligibility following this upcoming season.

Walker said he’d love to help out wherever he might be needed.

“Whatever the coaches ask of me there,” he said. “I really just want to get playing time.”

In 2010, Walker caught 15 passes for 314 yards and four touchdowns, and blocked for a running attack that produced 231.7 rushing yards per game. The Greyhounds finished the season 9-3 after advancing to the CIF-Southern Section Western Division quarterfinals.

“It’s a big weight off my shoulders,” Walker said of finalizing his plans.

He was also considering offers from lower-division programs elsewhere around the state and country, but ultimately, the opportunity to stay close to home won out. He intends to major in construction management.

“I know a lot of people around Cal Poly, know the school and have lived right next to it for 18 years,” Walker said. “I like it a lot, and I’m really excited to get a chance to go there and play there.”

Walker was also a standout basketball player and is currently a starting pitcher for the Greyhounds.

This past basketball season, he was an all-league and all-county power forward averaging 7.8 rebounds per game for a 25-4 divisional semifinalist. In baseball, he tossed a no-hitter for the A-Sox offseason club team this past summer.

Walker will join defensive end Brandon Roberts, entering his senior year, and kicker Jake West, who last year wrapped up his career, as recent Atascadero standouts to land at Cal Poly.