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Holmes County's Chris Walker Is Putting Bonifay On The Map

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Holmes County basketball player Chris Walker is ranked 10th in the ESPN's Top 100, and he's the fourth best power forward in the country. Last month, the Senior inked with the University of Florida, giving the Gators one of the top recruiting classes in the country.

Chris' hometown is Bonifay, Florida, which is a small, rural town in the Florida Panhandle smack dab on the I-10 corridor. While there's not much to the community of less then three thousand people, it's the hometown of Chris Walker, a 6-9 human highlight reel who headlines the Holmes County Blue Devil basketball team.

"Used to our basketball program wasn't really big," says teammate Ty Russ. "Now these past four years, it's really grown. As you can see people come out and support us."

"He has really put Bonifay on the map," says Head Coach Poe White. "There's a lot of people that know of Bonifay, who haven't heard of Bonifay, but once they found out who Chris Walker was and where he was from, they realized where Bonifay was. I don't even think you can Google Bonifay."

But you can Google Chris Walker, and with a quick search, it's easy to see they hype that surrounds him.

"At any time, he could have left and went to a private school, because I'm sure there were other schools that were inviting him to come play with them," says Coach White. "But his loyalty with Bonifay and Holmes County High School says a lot about him."

"My momma keeps me grounded!" laughs Walker. "She says Chris, don't let the hype and stuff get to you. I don't really let to it get to me anymore."

In his ninth grade season at Holmes County, Florida head coach Billy Donovan began the recruiting process, and last month, to the dismay of Duke, Florida State, Kansas, and North Carolina just to name a few- Chris made it official, putting pen to paper to wear orange and blue.

"For a coach like him to come and watch, come to a little city named Bonifay, it's good," says Chris of Billy recruiting him.

"I think he'll be a good fit at Florida," says Coach White. "Billy is very excited about him. I think he's got a quality player."

"Everybody's parents, people I don't really know, they're all telling me they'll come and support me," says Chris. "That means a lot to me. I think it lets everybody know that anything is possible."

Anything is possible- even if you're from the small rural town of Bonifay, Florida.