JUCO LB Talks Duke Visit

There are very few spots remaining in the 2013 recruiting class. As time winds down, a couple of prospects have risen to the top of the Duke priority list. One such player is playing his first year of collegiate ball in California this season, and recently spoke to TDD about his official visit to the Blue Devils.

"I visited Duke for the game against Clemson," said Wilmington (Calif.) Harbor College standout Joe Walker. "I had a great time and the campus was amazing. Overall it was a great trip for me."

Walker, a 6-foot-3 220 pound linebacker, ended up at Los Angeles' Harbor College after failing to engage in the recruiting process out of high school at Palos Verdes (Calif.) High School in 2012. Now, after a very productive year at Harbor, it appears as though a number of schools have come knocking at his door.

To date Walker reports interest from Texas A&M, Syracuse, Duke, TCU, and others. He has scheduled official visits to Duke, which he took last week, Syracuse, and Texas A&M so far.

"Coming out of high school I wasn't really recruited, but I've played since Pop Warner at age eight and wanted to keep playing. Now I have offers from Syracuse and Duke. I plan on enrolling in the Spring wherever I end up. The plan is to make a decision shortly after I finish up all my visits so that I can concentrate on making the move."

So far during the 2012 California junior college season, Walker has amassed 85 tackles in nine games played for Harbor. He is the team's starting outside linebacker, but has the ability slide inside when need or scheme dictates. It's a role he plans on continuing at the next level.

"I've played outside and middle linebacker in high schools as well as fullback and slot. At the next level I am projected as a linebacker."

As for a final decision, the best answer would be that one comes in early to mid December, which is why Duke was so anxious to get Walker on campus for an official visit and to make a big push.

"I really enjoyed my time at Duke. The people were friendly, and made it very appealing. I really enjoyed talked to Coach Lubick, Coach Collins, and Coach Cutcliffe. They mainly talked about how I would fit in, how great a Duke education would be, and how dedicated everyone is to making sure the football program is successful. Like I said, it was a really great trip."

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