BREAKING: Walker commits to Idaho

Redlands East Valley (Calif.) High School safety GARY WALKER (6-1, 185, 4.51) has made a college decision. "I committed yesterday to Idaho," Walker told Thursday. The Vandals are putting a premium on defensive backs this recruiting cycle, and the addition of Walker - an All-CIF selection - goes a tremendous way towards fortifying Idaho's defensive backfield now and for the future.

An in-home visit this week sealed the deal for Gary Walker (6-1, 185, 4.51) and his decision to join the Idaho defense as a safety next fall. Without a doubt, his verbal pledge to sign with the Vandals in two weeks is a huge boost to the Idaho defensive backfield - now and in the years ahead. This recruiting cycle Idaho is putting a serious premium on defensive backs and quarterbacks, while the last two years were focused on both sides of the trenches, plus rebuilding runningback, wide receiver, and linebacker depth charts.

Walker is a former teammate of current Vandal linebacker, redshirt freshman Andre Ferguson, Walker has been heavily pursued this fall, with offers from Idaho, Fresno State, Oregon State, and interest from Arizona State. An All-CIF Inland Division selection at defensive back following a stellar senior season in which he was a rare two-way starter for REV (QB/DB), Walker has an outstanding shot at seeing immediate playing time, and will likely be a strong candidate for special teams right out of the gate.

"I really enjoyed myself while I was out there," Walker told about his trip to the Idaho campus. "I really liked the coaches along with the players, so I could see myself out there and playing for coach Akey. That's how I made my decision."

After weeks of thought, with Idaho and Fresno at the top of his list, Walker made his decision during an in-home visit this week with Coach Patrick Libey (defensive backs coach), as well as defensive coordinator Mark Criner. "[They] were at my house last night, we had a meeting and I committed to them while they were there," Walker told "It was exciting for them. They jumped up and gave me a big hug -- they were really excited."

Asked to describe his playing style in an earlier interview, the senior didn't hold back. "I'm aggressive and I like to hit. I like to put my body on the line -- I'm gonna try my hardest to stay aggressive and be physical. I think that's a strength of just not being scared of nobody -- trying to go out there, every play, and make a hit."

Attributes that could make him a menace to opposing offenses.

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