As a Recruit
Walter Nolen spent his sophomore season at Olive Branch (Miss.) High School, located just outside Memphis, before transferring to IMG Academy. After spending a few months at the program in Bradenton, Fla., Nolen transferred back to the Memphis area to play at St. Benedict at Auburndale High School in Cordova, Tenn. His position coach at St. Benedict is former Tennessee defensive lineman Marlon Walls. Nolen’s father, Walter Nolen Sr., is a truck driver. His mother, Yolunda Nolen, is a nurse. Waylan Warren, Walter’s younger brother, is a rising 2025 recruit that already has scholarship offers. Nolen plans on majoring in history in college. He lists his hobbies as playing basketball and video games. Nolen also excels in discus with a throw of 85 feet in his junior year.
Reminds Us Of
Walter Nolen‘s athleticism, ability to rush the passer from the interior or as a big defensive end all while having the size of a nose tackle reminds us of Marcell Dareus. Both were highly disruptive at the high school level. Dareus totaled 20 sacks as a senior at Birmingham (Ala.) Huffman in the 2008 cycle. Nolen racked up 31 tackles for loss and 14 sacks as a senior. Dareus had unique movement skills – he ran a 4.93 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine at 319 pounds. Nolen ran an electronically-timed 4.99 40 prior to his junior season at 302 pounds.