May 20, 2008

WR, Walker already has Army connection

Often during the spring and early summer, recruits sometimes find it difficult seeing schools outside of their own region. For a prospect like Mike Walker, out of Austin (TX) Westlake there are a couple of state schools that are showing interest in the wide receiver. Such schools as Baylor and SMU top the list, but there are others that have taken notice as well. "Right now I have offers from Army and Air Force, plus I'm talking to Purdue, Baylor, Illinois, SMU and Arkansas, along with some others," declares the 6'2 195 pounder.

Walker is being recruited by Coach Waugh (Adam) and the Black Knights of Army, who were the first to offer the sure-handed receiver. "We emailed each other back and forth and then we chatted on the phone and he came down the first week in May and watched practice," shares Walker. "He asked me if I was interested in Army and I told him that I was. He shared with me what West Point could offer me, major wise and they have a great engineering program. After my West Point career there's the option of the NFL or serve my time …. And I would be coming out with a great degree (West Point). I told him I would like to come visit."

For most recruits across the country, playing Division I football and perhaps the NFL is always a dream that has manifested itself from the days of Pop Warner football. Walker is no different, and well aware of players like Caleb Campbell, Owen Tolson, Jeremy Trimble and Mike Viti who ended up in NFL mini-camps this summer.

However, Walker is also aware of the history of Army football and the honor of attending West Point. "My brother just got back from a 15 month tour (Iraq) last November," shares a proud Walker. "He's back now, but just got accepted to the Army Ranger School and now doing Army Ranger training…. He' really excited about that and my grandfather is a retired Army Colonel."

Does Walker's family's military tradition have an impact on Walker eventual decision? "Yes sir," proclaims Walker. "My brother has told that some of the greatest guys that he has served under have come from West Point. The best gentleman … that's really influenced me because I know if I go there, I know I would meet great people. It would set me up for life and I like what I see in my brother's life … I am attracted to that lifestyle."

But the recruiting hasn't stopped with the two academies (2nd offer came two weeks ago from Air Force). He is also being heavily recruited by SMU and attended their Junior Day (late February).

Time frame for decision? "This summer I'm going to make a few trips to campus and go to Colorado Springs to the Air Force Academy and then the next couple of days I will be going to West Point to check out their campus," states Walker. "I think after that I will have a pretty good idea that I want to do."

Just watching the footage on Walker, he uses his 4.5 forty speed and 33 inch vertical, to go along with his 6'2 195 pound frame to overwhelm most corner and safeties.

Walker points out that his playing style is very much like of Wes Welker of Patriots. "I try to be like him, in that he has field smarts and knows how to get open and that how I play the game," says Walker.

Walker's top 5 schools are Army, Texas A&M, Purdue, SMU and Air Force

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