Walker Enjoys Trip to Raleigh

One of the nation's top junior wide receivers recently visited NC State and came away with a positive impression of the Wolfpack program.

Deion Walker, a 6-3, 184-pound receiver from Christchurch, VA has garnered scholarship offers from schools like NC State, Auburn, Maryland, Penn State and Virginia among others, and is hearing from the likes of Southern Cal, UCLA, Clemson, Tennessee and Notre Dame. He thinks highly of the NC State program.

"I just recently got back from NC State and had a great time," said Walker. "I got to talk to all the coaches. Coach O'Brien and Coach Bible went over some of their film from Boston College with me and showed me what they want to do. I was definitely impressed. I would like to play for a coach that likes to pass the ball, and they want to try to get it downfield. I think they definitely have the right staff there."

While that sounds good for the Pack, there's plenty of competition.

"It's kind of funny, because it seems like the schools that haven't offered me have been recruiting me harder than the schools that have. I'm pretty much wide open at this point. I'm going to try to get to Georgia, Georgia Tech, Auburn, Clemson, Notre Dame, Texas A&M, USC and UCLA, whether it's for a camp or just a visit.

"I'm probably going to be pretty busy, because I want to make my decision before my season starts. Ideally it would be around the first week of practice, but that could change. It's going to be after some careful consideration though."

As a junior at Christchurch this fall, Walker spent time at quarterback, wide receiver, defensive back and kick returner. He caught 47 passes for 700 yards and eight touchdowns and rushed for 300 yards as a quarterback. On defense Walker recorded 31 tackles, eight interceptions and broke up eight more passes. He runs the 40-yard dash in 4.47 seconds. Despite his versatility, most everyone projects Walker to play on offense in college.

"I'm hearing receiver at this point, but there's a chance I could get a look at defensive back. That'll be a factor in my decision. I just want to get on the field, but I'm going to look for a staff that seems like they know how to put my skills to use.

"My size and speed are my best assets, especially as a receiver. I'm able to go up and get the ball from smaller defensive backs, so I'm a deep threat. Because of my speed I get a big cushion too. When they do play tighter, my size helps me get off the ball."

When speaking of the most important things that will play into his decision, Walker spent a lot of time talking about coaches. Given his already strong relationships with Coach O'Brien and Coach Bible, the Pack is right in the hunt.

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