Redlands Athlete Begins Visit Circuit at ASU

In his junior season Gary Walker was playing for a 1-9 Rialto (Calif.) team and getting noticed in the recruiting circles was extremely hard. His transfer to Redlands East Valley HS has paid immediate dividends. The Wildcats finished 10-2 and the DB/WR has been receiving interest from several schools. One of those programs is Arizona State; a school that Walker told Devils Digest is very fond of.

The 6-1 185 Gary Walker has been receiving interest from Arizona State since the beginning of the season and is being recruited by the Sun Devils' recruiting coordinator and safeties coach Matt Lubick.

"I haven't been there on a visit yet," said Walker, "but from what I saw on T.V. and online I liked the campus, the facilities…they have an indoor facility and the weight room is outstanding. I like their style of play and they're a good program."

Walker led the 10-2 Wildcats in receiving with 464 yards on 27 catches and four TD's. He also rushed for 294 yards on 42 carries and scored once. On defense he was second in total tackles with 68 and had four, two of them returned for touchdowns. Walker also returned three punts for a score.

"I like playing better on defense because I like to hit and put my body on the line every play," noted Walker. "Coach Lubick likes me at safety too, but he said that the wide receivers coach likes me at wide receiver. I don't mind where I play. It just all comes to do what position I perform better at."

Walker was clocked at a 4.51, powers clean 275 lbs. and he benches 265.

UCLA, Oregon State, Fresno State and Idaho are pursuing him these days. All the schools but UCLA and ASU have offered him a scholarship. "Coach Lubick said that I will be offered a scholarship on the visit," said Walker. "Arizona State, Oregon State and Fresno State are my top three."

Walker will visit Fresno State on Jan. 9th, Idaho on Jan. 16th, and Oregon State on the 23rd of that month.

When the Redlands East Valley standout does settle on a school proximity will play a factor, among other aspects.

"I don't wanna play too close to home, but I also don't wanna play too far from home," explained Walker. "Arizona State is a good distance, not too close and not too far. I'm looking for a family atmosphere with the coaches and players and a place where I can see myself fitting in. I want to go to a good school with good academics."

In terms of a timetable for his decision, Walker is undecided whether he wants to end his recruitment early or decide closer to LOI day.

"I want to decide after I take more visits in January," said Walker. "But if my dad and I really enjoy ourselves at Arizona State then anything is possible."

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