Dunham’s Jyron Walker commits to Penn _lowres


The Dunham School’s Jyron Walker became the second Baton Rouge football player to commit to an Ivy League school over the last three days.

Walker committed to Penn during a weekend visit to the Philadelphia-based school.

“I went up there with the idea that I’d probably commit,” Walker said. “I have a great relationship with Steve Downs, the coach who recruited me, and I really liked the school and the players I met.”

The 5-foot-10, 165-pound Walker was Dunham’s starting quarterback the last two seasons, passing for over 1,000 yards each year. Dunham advanced to the regional round of the Class 2A playoffs. Walker is scheduled to play cornerback for Penn.

McKinley High defensive lineman Daniel James committed to Yale on Thursday. Another local player, Episcopal wide receiver Spencer Kleinpeter, committed to Cornell over the summer.

Walker said he narrowed his choices to four Ivy League schools, picking Penn over Columbia, Brown and Cornell. He plans a double major in math and finance, hoping to eventually work on Wall Street.

“This is a life-changing decision,” Walker said. “Going to an Ivy League school opens up so many opportunities academically and career-wise.

“Playing cornerback is fine. I just want the chance to play. I came into this process thinking I wanted to be in a big city. Penn is in the middle of (Philadelphia) and I love that.”