3-star Brandon Walker talks coaching change

Findlay (Oh.) High School All-State punter verbally committed to Louisville in September

While some current U of L verbal commits will make the decision to look around at other existing options before making their college decision a final one, but verbal pledge that won't be among that group is the nation's sixth-rated punter Brandon Walker.

Walker, who committed to Louisville in September, was stunned by the sudden departure of Bobby Petrino. After learning of the news, Walker spoke with a member of the Cardinal coaching staff, as well as two of the returning members from the Orange Bowl Champion team.

"I spoke to the coach (Tom McMahon) who has been recruiting me and two of the players and they were just as shocked as I was," said Walker. "I called Art Carmody and Eric Wood. I wanted to see how they were reacting and once they got past the shock, they were okay."

Walker's initial reaction to the news is one that would be expected.

"Right when I heard about it I didn't know what was going to happen, so I actually contacted some schools and Pittsburgh jumped on me pretty quick actually," he said. "They want me to take an official visit this weekend, but if my scholarship is still good then I'm definitely a Cardinal."

Despite the spike in interest from Pitt and others, Walker explained that after further thought, his college choice remains with Louisville.

"The coaching staff was just one of the intangibles," said Walker. "The city, the school, the football program - they are all great. Right now I'd say that if Louisville wants to have me, I'd love to have them. If my scholarship's valid, then I consider myself a Cardinal. Right now I'm committed to Louisville. Honesty, loyalty and responsibility are some of the values that I try to value. Right now I consider myself a Cardinal and the only way that I wouldn't is if my scholarship is gone."

Walker, who now measures in at nearly 6'3 and 200-pounds, was able to fill a trophy case following a stellar senior year at Findlay (Oh.) High School.

"I picked up 1st Team All-League kicker and 1st Team All-League kicker and I think that's the first time that it's ever been done," said Walker. "I also got 1st Team All-NW Ohio and 2nd Team All-State. I was really happy with that because I didn‘t expect it. I punted real well, I set a school record for season punt average."

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