Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral offensive lineman Keenan Walker made it through his senior season unscathed, but suffered a setback when he tore his ACL during the Under All-American practices about a month ago.
"It is a lot better," Walker says of his knee. "I am able to walk around finally. Day by day it is kind of getting worse, but I have to deal with the pain until I get the surgery."
Instead of letting his injury be an emotional setback as well, Walker took a different perspective on it.
"My reaction to the whole thing was that I looked at it in a positive way," he said. "I know multiple athletes that have torn their ACL and come back stronger, so that is my motivation, to come back even better.
"The Arizona coaching staff has been supportive and whenever I need something they have been there for me."
Arizona's commitment to Walker is one of the main reasons why he has stayed committed.
"They kept in communication with me throughout the process and made sure I was doing well in school, working out, and staying out in trouble," he said. "They just seemed to care about me."
With plenty of four and five-star players deciding close to Signing Day, Walker made the decision to end the recruiting process earlier than most elite recruits.
"Honestly I knew I wanted to go to Arizona when I first got the offer," Walker said. "Walking around and seeing the new facilities being built.
"I got a good feeling from it and I knew a couple of my friends are going up there and there already, so I knew it was a good fit. It helps knowing people because it makes me comfortable and helps me adapt quicker knowing that I already know people.
"I decided early just so I could focus on high school and finish it up and make sure I can get into college. There’s no point in going through the process if I am unable to get to college in the end."