Ponchatoula, La., prep defensive end/linebacker Reggie Walker will use the next two weeks to decide where he will spend the next four or five years.
Walker (6-4, 235) will visit Kansas State - where he is currently committed - this weekend Jan. 16-18 and then come to Arkansas for an official visit on Jan. 23-25.
“The most interesting thing is that I have not been to either place,” Walker said. “But I know I am going to end up at one of them and I am really looking forward to checking everything out these next two weeks.”
?Walker, a 3-star prospect per Scout.com and a player who had 10 sacks among his 57 tackles this season, committed to the Wildcats on Dec. 15th.
“I like the coaching staff at Kansas State and they are telling me I can come in play right away and fill a need for them,” Walker said. “They have been a top 25 team almost every year and they preach about it being a family.”
But Walker has a thought that he might like to play in the SEC and that’s where Arkansas - who was his first SEC offer - comes in.
“I really like Arkansas and I would really like to play in the SEC,” Walker said. “It’s been the best conference there is and you always want to play the best.
“I know Arkansas is really a program on the rise so that’s really got my interest going as well,” Walker added. “It also has a really good program in what I want to major in - sports broadcasting.”
His chief recruiter has been Arkansas wide receivers coach Michael Smith, who has recruited the Louisiana area for the Razorbacks.
“Coach Smith is a really cool guy,” Walker said. “He has gotten a lot of guys from down here in Louisiana for Arkansas. It would be close to home.”
Ponchatoula started the season 11-0 before being upset in the second round of the state playoffs.
“The season was going so good for us until that second game in the playoffs,” Walker said. “I felt like I played really well this season and just became a better all-around player."
Walker, who also had offers from Texas Tech, Florida, Arizona State, Kansas and others, could line up at either defensive end or linebacker in college.
“It really doesn't matter to me,” Walker said. “I feel like I could be a really good hybrid guy. I can really rush the passer, but I am also pretty good in coverage. I’ll just play wherever these coaches need me for wherever I end up at.”
Walker had 72 tackles and 15 sacks as a junior.
Ponchatoula coach Hank Tierney told the Times-Picayune that Walker is on the verge of greatness.
“He’s going to be a great college player,” Tierney said. “The best thing he does is rush the passer, and he's going to a conference (the Big 12) where they throw the ball 50 or 60 times a game. His motor never stops, and he has been a great player for Ponchatoula and a great leader for three years."
Photos courtesy of the The Times-Picayune of New Orleans
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