Heisman Party

<B>Jason White</b> received the greatest individual honor in college football Saturday night, when he was named the Heisman Trophy winner in New York City. Back in Norman, Okla., the Sooners also celebrated White's accomplishment. Highly-touted cornerback <b>Marcus Walker</b> got to watch the proceeding up-close-and-personal on his official visit to Oklahoma. What did Walker, who also lists Florida State amongst his favorites, think of the trip?

"It was pretty exciting," Walker told TheTerritory Sunday afternoon upon his return home to Waco, Texas.

"It was crazy. They had a big Heisman party and everybody was there. We watched it and I know everybody was really happy for him."

While White was being honored on the biggest stage in the biggest city, Walker was wrapping up his fourth official visit at a program he has kept a close eye on. The Sooners, of course, will play LSU for the national championship in New Orleans in three weeks.

"It was a good visit," Walker said. "I got to meet and talk again with the coaches and, you know, it's a program that plays for championships."

Walker, considered one of the nation's top shutdown cornerbacks, visited Arkansas and Florida State in October and Texas A&M two weeks ago. He also lists LSU on his list of favorites.

One of his first telephone calls when he returned home Sunday was from FSU assistant coach Kevin Steele. Walker still talks highly of his visit to FSU and the Seminoles. He hung out with such players as Antonio Cromartie and Ernie Sims.

Walker even taped FSU's win over rival Florida in the regular-season finale.

"You know, FSU was my favorite team growing up -- I watched them on TV every chance I got," Walker said. "I watched (FSU-Florida) and even taped it. Everything about FSU I liked -- it felt like I could fit in there."

Walker, who wants to make his decision before National Signing Day, said he has enjoyed the recruiting process, though "sometimes it gets tiring." Of course, the Heisman party in Oklahoma was a highlight.

Still, Walker admits he thought Pittsburgh receiver Larry Fitzgerald "was going to win it." Fitzgerald finished second in the voting behind White, the fourth Oklahoma player to win college football's most coveted award.


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