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Oswego East DB Antwain Walker makes statement at Illini camp

Oswego East cornerback Antwain Walker received a lot of attention from Illini coaches on Saturday. Could a scholarship offer come soon?

Illinois asked Antwain Walker to participate in Saturday's showcase camp so they could get a closer look at his talent.

The Oswego (Ill.) East cornerback left with camp MVP honors for skill players. So it's safe to say he left a great impression.

"It means a lot, honestly," Walker said. "I just came out here to work hard and tried to get on their radar."

Illinois already liked Walker's length and physicality, especially his ability to play press coverage. He showed more versatility on Saturday.

"I showed more coverage skills," Walker said. "I was playing more off because my film already shows me pressing. But I was playing off more to show a little bit more technique and finesse."

Walker also showed off some speed. He said he ran a 4.48-second 40-yard dash -- despite an injury.

"With a tweaked hamstring I ran better than I've ever run before," Walker said. "I don't know how I did it. Yesterday, I went to the University of Iowa, and I didn't run the 40 at all because of my hamstring. I came here and ran because they really wanted to see that. They wanted to see that I was fast, and I proved that."

Walker impressed Illinois on Saturday -- so much so that a scholarship offer seems inevitable -- but he's also impressed by the Illini so far.

"They're my home state," Walker said. "I haven't really seen much. The stadium's nice. I like something that I can help rebuild, come in and help rebuild. That'd be a big plus. I love (Illinois cornerbacks coach Paul) Williams. I learned within the little time I had with him, I learned a ton."

Walker -- who has scholarship offers from Indiana State, North Dakota State, South Dakota State and Western Illinois -- will participate on June 7 in the North Central Camp, which will feature Wisconsin, Missouri and Western Michigan. So he'll have more opportunities to impress some power-five programs. 

Illinois may jump on board with an offer by then.

"Hope so," Walker said. "It would be a very big offer. It would be my first Big Ten offer. It'd just be great. It's home state."

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