Lonnie Walker (Nike/Jon Lopez)

Five-star wing Lonnie Walker commits to Miami

The Miami Hurricanes picked up a commitment from Lonnie Walker, Scout's No. 23 prospect, on the last day of the signing period.

Five-star wing Lonnie Walker just verbally committed to Miami (Fl), he tells Scout.

"He's a coach like no other I feel like he will put me in the position as a great player and as a great person academically," Walker said about Miami and Jim Larrañaga. "I feel like he will drive me to that next level. The way he approached me and showed love, showed that I was a priority and that he believes that I'm a special kid."

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Walker, Scout's No. 23 overall prospect, took official visit to Miami the first weekend of October. He also took official visits to Arizona, Kentucky and Villanova.

But the Hurricanes had a jump start on the competition, as they have been recruiting him for more than two years.Through that time, Walker said he built a trust with Larrañaga and Miami assistant Adam Fisher. 

"It's very strong," he said of his relationship with the coaching staff. "I have a lot of trust with this coach and built a strong bond with both Fish and coach L."

When did it hit him that Miami was the place of him?

"Kind of since last week," he said. "I was thinking about it for the longest."

Walker, of Reading (Pa.) High, is ranked as the No. 2 shooting guard in the 2017 class.

With the addition of Walker, Miami moves to No. 11 in Scout’s 2017 recruiting class rankings. Walker joins four-star prospects Chris Lykes and Sam Waardenburg, as well as three-star recruit Deng Gak.


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