Reshaun Walkes has taken the road less traveled, but in the end it leads him selected by Toronto FC in the third round of the 2022 MLS Super Draft. A dream come true for a local child.
Five years ago, the young striker was highly recruited in his high school seniors, but somehow, despite all the talent in the world, he did not end up south of the border.
That’s about the time Head Coach Andrew Seuradge of Sheridan College gave him a call, and it didn’t take long before he arrived in the Bruins double-blue kit and OCAA defenses cut apart. Seuradge (or “Sticks” as he is known to his players) has been active in the Western GTA for many years and was familiar with Reshaun of Walkes’ time at Erin Mills Soccer Club as a youth player.
In recent memory, he has seen LA Galaxy winger Raheem Edwards and Hamilton Forge striker Mo Babouli play on the turf at Trafalgar Campus Stadium before they also played at TFC, so he knows a thing or two about identifying local talent.
When Walkes joined Sheridan, his coach knew he had a special player on hand, “His game IQ is really impressive,” Seuradge says. “He’s tough, he finds open spaces, and his movement of the ball is incredible, he’s the kind of guy that when a defender takes his eye off him part of the second, he’s gone to the goal, and then he can make something out of nothing. “
Walkes played only one season with the Bruins before moving on to Lewis and Clarke College in Illinois, but he left quite an impact on his coach that year.
Looking back lovingly, Sticks recalls: “We had a playoff game against Cambrian College, and I told him before the game that we wanted to beat them early, and he went out and scored in the first 40 seconds. Then he got another a few minutes later, put the game out of reach nicely and early. He’s so dangerous! “
That season, he managed to score 5 goals in 9 games, but an injury would cut his season short, and the Bruins were eliminated.
Then he was gone.
First, he went to Lewis and Clark Junior College, where he scored 27 goals in two seasons, winning All-American honors along the way. Walkes then transferred to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, where he played two seasons for the Vaqueros, scoring 14 goals and scoring 7 assists in 25 games.
This past summer, Reshaun found time to play his way to Des Moines, Iowa, in the USL Two, where he appeared as a defender and a winger before finally making his way to his natural position ahead where he did his best. work does. His willingness to wait for his opening and then grab a chance with both hands helped his team win the league championship.
“He has the right attitude,” according to Seuradge, who thinks Reshaun can make an impression if he just gets the chance.
Humble and hardworking. With an eye for purpose and the willingness to work on his craft. Where many would give up, he continued. That’s the kind of player TFC set up.