Although those hopes have died down, Walker is ecstatic about how quickly his rehab is coming along.
“The rehab is really going well,” Walker said. “Honestly, I can’t believe it’s going this well. I’m already back doing full squats.
"I haven’t started doing all football related stuff yet, but that is going to come. I’m not sure when though."
Walker likely won't be able to participate in fall camp, but that is not his main focus right now.
“I’m not sure if I will be ready for camp or not," he said. "It’s not a huge priority for me. The big thing I have to do is get myself in the position where this doesn’t happen again and where I come back much stronger and better in every regard.
"Either way, I’m going to listen and try to soak up everything I can, so that it won’t take me as long to learn the schemes and movements.”
The four-star lineman has complete faith in the coaching staff to guide his comeback.
“I trust these guys completely," Walker said. "The Chaparral connection was a big part of all this for me. I know a lot of players and coaches and everybody seems to be in the same page. You don’t really hear anything bad about Arizona.
“Arizona has always been known for hoops and once the football team was able to get to the point where they were nationally ranked too, it just seemed like a really fun place to go and spend 4 or 5 years.
"There aren’t a lot of schools where the basketball and football teams are nationally relevant.”