The frenzied pace of recruiting has shown no signs of slowing for Cleveland (OH) Glenville offensive lineman, Aundrey Walker. The 6-6, 355-lb. man-child recently saw his already impressive offer sheet become even more so in when he added scholarships from USC, Penn State, and Notre Dame. He has made it a point to get out and see as many of his suitors as he can, but will only do so when it doesn't compromise his academic standing.
"I just went to Pitt last Saturday," Walker reported. "That was a great little visit. It's a good academic school with a good football program. Lately I've just been working out. We're on spring break right now, so other than that I haven't been doing nothing but chilling. I actually don't know if I'll make it to spring games. I have to balance things out with school and workouts. I've just got to manage my time right."
Among the schools angling to get Walker on campus for its Spring event is the University of Michigan. The talented youngster made his way to Ann Arbor for a winter junior day back in February and came away with a much more favorable view of the Maize & Blue.
"That was my first time up there," he said. "My auntie when we got in the car to get ready to go home was like "I'm in love with Michigan." I was like, ‘Auntie, come on man! (Laughter) My mother is (more reserved). I know she liked the school, but she's not going to show it."
"The school impressed me overall with the academics and the football," Walker continued. "Coach Rod is real cool! He gave me a couple of Reese's cups, some Gatorade, and we chilled and talked (laughing). He's real cool and down to earth man."
Recently one of Walker's good friends visited the Wolverines and came away with a similarly positive impression.
"Cardale Jones called me and was like, ‘It was a great visit,'" Walker stated. "He was telling me that they run the spread offense… the stuff we run down here at Glenville. He said he would fit in well up there."
While it's clear that the Wolverines are definitely growing on both prospects, it's also clear that they have work to do if they're going to move further up Walker's still developing top five.
"I've got Ohio State, Michigan State, USC, Michigan and Pitt," he reported. "I'm (undecided) right now… I really can't say top five. It's really a top three of Michigan State, Ohio State, and USC. A top five really ain't clicking for me yet. If I had a top four, Michigan would be in the top four."
Time seems to be on the side of any school looking to make up ground in the race for Walker's services. He has long stated his desire to take a more deliberate approach to his recruitment and go through entire process.
"I am in no hurry to make a decision at all," Walker told Scout.com last month. "I look at this process as a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and I'm going to go real slowly. This is the most important decision of my life to this point, so I will take visits in the fall, and then decide on my school."
Recently, though, he has begun giving at least a little thought to the idea of deciding early.
"(Former Buckeye) LeCharles Bentley has an o-line academy out in Avon Lake and we go out there and workout with him," said Walker. "I've talked to him about committing before the season. He was telling me, ‘What if you get hurt?' What college are you going to go to then because all the colleges are going to be pulling scholarships?' So I don't know yet (if an early decision will come)."
Stay tuned to GoBlueWolverine for more on Walker in the coming weeks and months.