"I committed to Mississippi State," said Walker. "As soon as I stepped foot on the campus, I knew it was where I wanted to go.
"Obviously, I know, over the past few years, the progression that they have had. And last year they were the SEC (tournament) champions. But as soon as I got there, there was just something about Mississippi State that made them stand out over all the other places that I have gone too. The coaching staff and players welcomed me with open arms. It was like I had been there before multiple times. Everything they did, they made sure was centered around me. They made sure I was ok with everything. It was the same thing with my mom.
"Usually, when you go to other programs, the players aren't going to come up to you and introduce themselves. They leave all that to the coaches. But the fact that the Mississippi State players came up to me and introduced themselves to me, it was like they were welcoming me into the program, which is something that I really liked. My mom had a few comments about that. She said that was really impressive.
"Another thing that interested me about them was as soon as I got there they told me that it was a baseball school, that the fan support was with the baseball program. The fact that I saw so many people at the second intrasquad game of the fall, it proved to me that the fan support would be phenomenal at Mississippi State.
The baseball facilities also impressed him.
"The facilities, by themselves, impressed me," said Walker. "The turf field in the Palmeiro Center was outstanding. There were multiple things you could accomplish in there. And I didn't see another one like that at any other school that I visited. The baseball field itself was magnificent. And the fact that the academic center was directly across from the field was awesome. And the new weight room (in the Leo Seal, Jr. football building) will be for football and baseball. The fact that all of that is around each other is great. It shows how much of a baseball school that it is."
His mother also visited with him and he said she came away just as impressed with Mississippi State.
"My mom liked the way the campus was set up, how it is big, but not too big," said Walker. "She loved the way the academics are set up, especially the fact that, as soon as we got there, Mr. (Ray) Berryhill had my transcripts and other things lined out for us. She also liked how hospitable the players and coaches were and how they made sure on the visit that we were ok the entire time."
He talked a little more in detail about the coaches at Mississippi State, including his main recruiter, assistant coach Nick Mingione.
"I talked to Coach (Nick) Mingione a lot," said Walker. "He was the main communicator between me and Mississippi State. I know he came to my second game and I believe Coach (Butch) Thompson came to my first game. I also talked to Coach Thompson on the phone before I came up there. And he was the one I called when I came up there (for my visit)."
Mississippi State was one of three SEC schools that heavily recruited Walker.
"I also considered Alabama, Auburn, South Alabama and CSU (Columbus State University)," he said. "I visited Alabama, Auburn and CSU, and I was talking to South Alabama about a visit. But as soon as I came to Mississippi State I didn't think about another school after that. It was a done deal from the moment that I stepped foot on the campus."
Walker, who was rated the 8th best pro prospect in the New York Collegiate Baseball League (NYCBL) by Baseball America this past summer, had an impressive freshman season in 2012 for Chattahoochee Valley CC, hitting .312 in 114 at-bats, striking out just 16 times while walking 6 and being hit by 12 pitches. Defensively, he only committed 1 error in 31 games.
He is the 6th CVCC player to either sign with or commit to an SEC school during the past 5 years.
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