Walker Talks Gopher Offer

Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) wide receiver Jermel Walker has garnered interest from a number of BCS schools and holds offers from the Minnesota Golden Gophers, and most recently the Utah Utes. GoldenSports.net was able to catch up with the speedy wide receiver and the get the latest on his recruitment.

"I currently have an offer from Minnesota and Utah actually just offered me today," Walker said. "Oregon State is probably the next closest to offering me and Washington State is close to offering me as well."

Walker has built up a strong relationship with Gophers defensive back coach Jay Sawvel. They have discussed topics including the latest in Walker's recruitment as well as the school and football program. This strong relationship has led to Walker's high interest in Minnesota.

"I've been talking to Minnesota for a while now," he said. "I have a really good relationship with Coach Jay Sawvel and we talk about just how everything is going and my recruitment so far. We talk about the program and the school and I have a really high interest in going there."

When it comes time for Walker to make a decision it boils down to two main factors, getting a good education and just being able to get out on the field and play football.

"What I'm looking for in a school is a good education and just to be able to play football," Walker said.

Walker describes himself as a good team player who is willing to put in the hard work to succeed on the field and never takes plays off.

"I'm just a hard worker and I never take plays off I'm a team player and all about good sportsmanship," he said. "I'm just a good all-around athlete and all-around player I get along with everybody."

Most schools are looking at Walker as an athlete despite limited experience playing defensive back, while Minnesota is looking to bring him in to play wide receiver.

"Most teams are looking at me as an athlete because of my speed and then the way that I go up for the ball and the way I compete," Walker said. "I've talked to a lot of schools defensive back coaches and they would like to see me play some corner so that's why they're recruiting me as an athlete like Oregon State is. While Minnesota is recruiting me as a receiver they like me where I'm at."

Walker says he doesn't have a preference for either side of the ball and will play which ever position his future coaches wish to play him at. Because of this, he plans to work on improving his defensive skills as well as his offensive skills over the summer.

"I'll play anything the coaches ask me to play, I've played a little bit of DB but I can get a lot better at it and if coaches want me to play DB I'll play DB," he said. "I'm working with Chris Hawkins and Tahaan Goodman who are both highly recruited athletes, if I'm going to be on the defensive side of the ball I'll be working on improving my defensive back skills. On offense I'm working on my route running and getting faster."

Walker has not scheduled any visits as of yet and has been focusing on football this spring but plans to take some visits over this summer and fall. After he's taken his visits he plans to make his decision and as of right now he sees all of the schools as being fairly even.

"Right now I've just been focusing on football but I do plan on taking some visits over the summer and the fall and then I'll make my decision," Walker said. "They're all kind of even, each team if you think about it they're all great football teams so I like them all so they're all even right now."

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