Knows of 3 officials

LSU has several commitments from players that could play either strong safety or linebacker but the Tigers are lacking a free safety in the Class of 2006.

There are several blue-chip safeties on the board and one is the nation's 10th rated prospect in Allen Walker (6-2, 200, 4.5) of Olive Branch (Miss.).

As a junior, Walker was named first team all-region on offense after he posted 25 catches for 452 yards and nine touchdowns. He also had 57 tackles and three interceptions playing a hybrid position that saw him play cornerback, safety, linebacker and defensive end.

Walker has been trying to nail down his official visits but it is tough when schools from all over have offered. He said he knows three for sure but the other two are not as certain.

"I know I'm going to LSU, Florida and Nebraska but I'm not sure about the other two," he said. "If I had to pick now the other two would probably be to Iowa and Louisville."

Ole Miss and Mississippi State fans may get a little nervous because the Rebels and Bulldogs are not mentioned but Walker said they should not put too much into that.

"They're still in the picture but I can take unofficial visits there pretty much any time I want," he said.

So is he ready to name a top five?

"I could probably name a top five," he said. "LSU, Florida, Nebraska, Ole Miss and Mississippi State would be my top five. They're all pretty much even."

Walker said they were all even but when asked if any of them stood out more than the others he spoke very highly of LSU.

"I've always been a fan," he said. "When I started sending out my highlight film the one school I really wanted to get an offer from was LSU. I've liked watching them play since I started playing football."

Walker said most of the schools that he is considering have not settled on a position yet because they all feel he can be a special player on either side of the ball. When he was at LSU's camp in July the coaches caught a glimpse of what he can do and apparently they liked what they saw.

"It was kind of funny because at the camp they were fighting over where they were going to play me," he said. "When I talked to coach Miles after the camp ended he told me I could play wherever I felt the most comfortable at. Right now, I think it is going to be safety."

Walker's camp experience was more than just about working on his football skills because after the camp ended each day he checked out all of the surroundings.

"It was real nice," he said. "It was one of the nicest campuses I've been to. I've been to Tennessee and Ole Miss too but LSU was real impressive. They had that huge study hall you hear so much about and then I got to see all of the stuff they're building for the football program."

Like many prospects at this time of the recruiting game, Walker does not know where he will end up but he does know what he is looking for in a school. And it really is quite simple.

"I want a real good education and a lot of playing time," he said.

Does he feel like he can get that at LSU?

"Yes," he said. "They have a real good academic program and you get a lot of assistance with everything they have. They also have two junior safeties."

Now that his senior year has started he is going to shift his focus to winning a state championship and hitting the books. He has some work to do in the classroom but he feels it is well within reach.

"I have a 2.3 (GPA) and I will take the ACT in September," he said. "I'm taking some extra classes to help get my grades and my test score so I think I will be alright."

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