Pack, Tigers Battle for Walker

Wilkesboro (NC) East Wilkes star Landon Walker will be announcing his college intentions this week.

Wilkesboro (NC) East Wilkes star Landon Walker will be announcing his college intentions this week.

"I just want to get it out of the way," Walker told Pack Pride. "I want to focus on my senior year, but mainly because I think I'm ready. I think I've got the gut feeling that I need to make this decision."

One of the state's top offensive line prospects, Walker has garnered several regional offers. NC State, Clemson, Duke, North Carolina, East Carolina, and Wake Forest have all offered scholarships, but this is a two-team race. Look for Walker to choose either NC State or Clemson later this week.

"Really it's being built up as NC State and Clemson," he said. "Another school could work it's way into the top three, but I think it's going to be one of those two that I pick."

NC State and Clemson have their positives. The Wolfpack was the first school to offer a scholarship and Walker is very familiar with the NC State coaching staff, as he has been a regular participant at Wolfpack summer camps. His father played on Clemson's 1981 National Championship team, so the obvious ties are there as well. Will his family play an important role in his decision?

"That's an assumption I hear a lot," Walker said. "But I'm going to come straight out and say it, a lot of people say that's going to be a deciding factor, but that has nothing to do with what I'm all about. My dad is not pressuring me at all. He wants me to go wherever I want to go and not make a decision that has to do with him.

"The deciding factor is basically where I'm going to fit in the best. It's where I feel comfortable, and the atmosphere is the biggest thing for me."
"My mom just wants me to get a degree, she wants me to go somewhere that I will feel comfortable and get a degree. That's important to me as well. She hasn't really said a school, it's just about the degree with her."

Checking in at 6-foot-6 and 265 pounds, Walker admits that he will likely have to redshirt as a true freshman to put on the weight needed to play on the college level. However NC State and Clemson have stated that he has a chance to start in the near future.

"I think playing time would be even at both programs," he said. "I'd probably be redshirted and both have said that I have the potential to be a three-year starter. It's really about where I want to go because everything is about even with the two programs."

Now comes the time for Walker to buckle down and make a decision. He's going to meet with his coaches and go over the pros and cons of NC State and Clemson. He hasn't decided yet if he will be having a press conference, but he knows that he will have a final decision before the end of the week.

"I'm having a meeting with my coaches tomorrow where we're going to talk about some things," said Walker. "It will probably be towards the end of the week when I commit.

"The deciding factor is basically where I'm going to fit in the best. It's where I feel comfortable, and the atmosphere is the biggest thing for me. Education is what I'm looking into as well. I'm thinking of majoring in sports marketing."

Walker projects as a full qualifier. He will be in Chapel Hill this weekend for the invite-only Shrine Bowl combine. A two-time all-conference selection, Walker has also been named to the All-Northwestern North Carolina team the past two seasons.


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