DT Hardreck Walker to decide before season

GBW caught up with Houston, Texas defensive tackle Hardreck Walker to discuss his recent Michigan offer, plans for a visit, and decision timetable.

At 6'2, 280 pounds, class of 2013 defensive tackle Hardreck Walker is attracting some major attention from all over the country.

His top schools right now? "Auburn, Arkansas, Michigan, Northwestern, Texas A&M and Texas Tech," Walker told GoBlueWolverine.

The Wolverines are one of the latest programs to offer a scholarship to Walker, with Michigan Running Backs Coach Fred Jackson returning to the State of Texas looking to bring talent back to Ann Arbor.

"My coach told me to call Coach Jackson, " Walker said, "and it was just about how pumped up the defensive coordinator was after watching my video, and how he really liked me as a person after he talked to my coaches. Just talking about, basically, asking me when I was going to visit Michigan."

Is a visit in the offing? "I'm trying to visit them this summer, but I don't know," Walker said. "I'm trying to set something up this summer but I'm not sure. It'll definitely be an official."

With the type of program that has a national reach like Michigan, Walker already had a solid understanding of what the Wolverines have historically been about.

"The tradition, they have a nice tradition. All of the history, they've got a winning history. When I think about Michigan all I think is win. They usually have a lot of ten win seasons."

The camaraderie and family like feel the class of 2013 has developed over the past few months, as well as the current team in Ann Arbor, is something Walker says he will look at very closely in his decision making process. "The atmosphere amongst the players. Are they like a family, or is it divided amongst players like just a certain group of players that hang out with each other and then just kind of isolate themselves from everyone else. And then the coaches—are they pretty set with their coaches cause I don't want to play two years under one guy and then a new guy comes in and I got to learn a whole new system."

When it comes to decision time, Walker has an idea in mind that could end this recruitment sooner than expected. Then again, maybe not.

"I'm going to make a decision before my season just to kind of have something to go on. But then I'm going to take officials just to be sure."


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