Star of Padded Camp a Cyclone

It was a long recruiting process since he turned Iowa State coaches' heads in summer padded camp last June, but Oklahoma City (Okla.) Northeast offensive/defensive lineman Anthony Walker decided on his school of choice.

Anthony Walker, a 6-foot-3, 295-pounder gave head coach Dan McCarney a verbal commitment Wednesday night after an in-home visit. The 26th commitment for the Class of 2003, Walker made his official visit to Ames last weekend.

"I had a nice visit to Iowa State," Walker said in an interview Sunday with TheInsiders' David Garvin. "It was a lot of fun. I don't believe that I'll be taking any more visits. I'll be making my decision at the end of this week."

Walker initially turned the Cyclone coaching staff onto him with an outstanding summer camp in Ames. He mainly played on the offensive side of the ball at camp and is a big-time prospect along the interior line.

However, given ISU's lack of depth along the defensive line, Walker could be considered on both sides of the ball.

He will be joining a talented class of in-state offensive linemen that includes the likes of Aaron Brant, Brandon Cook, John Tjaden and Tom Schmeling. Granbury (Texas) offensive lineman Bastian Schober is also one of 26 commitments for the Class of 2003.

"We could help the team out a lot," said Walker, referring to his future comrades in the trenches. "I could play with some good people and that would probably step my game up and make me a lot better."

Instead of waiting to get a feel for the campus and coaching staff during his official visit, Walker already got a jump on other out-of-state players by making the trip to Ames for padded camp. Walker competed against and alongside Brant, Cook, Tjaden, Schmeling and defensive line commitment Matthew Scherbring throughout a two-day span.

"The coaching staff is the main thing, I really the coaches," he said. "I enjoyed going up there for summer camp. I watched Iowa State quite a bit this year and thought they were pretty good. I think they're an up-and-coming program and will keep improving."

Walker's Northeast Academy squad finished 3-7 this season competing in the always difficult District 2-5A.

Blue chip Cyclone recruits Anthony Walker (left) and Aaron Brant go head to head in the summer camp as the coaches watch.(Photo/CISteve)

The Cyclone line of the future? Recruits Anthony Walker, Aaron Brant and John Tjaden (left to right) talk to ISU offensive line coach Marty Fine at last summer's padded camp.(Photo/CISteve)

Former Iowa Hawkeye player Eddie Polly coaches high school football in Oklahoma. Polly (left) brought offensive guard Anthony Walker and some of his teammates to the Iowa State padded football camp last summer. Polly played for ISU head coach Dan McCarney when Mac was an assistant at the University of Iowa.(Photo/CISteve)

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