Walker Enjoys NC State Visit

Christchurch (VA) School star wide receiver Deion Walker has been a busy man this summer, as he has toured the country visiting various elite college football programs.

With nearly 50 scholarship offers on the table, Deion Walker can basically pick the school he wants to attend. This summer he and his father have visited programs such as Michigan, Notre Dame, Nebraska, LSU, Florida, Florida State, Notre Dame, and Penn State among others, hoping to narrow down his list to a manageable group.

With that being said, the school he has visited the most might be NC State. He has made the drive down to Raleigh at least four times thus far, including trips for the Wolfpack's Spring Game and a visit down last week to attend NC State's opening fall scrimmage.

"I went to NC State [last week], and I took a couple of visits a few weeks back to Michigan, Notre Dame, and Nebraska," said Walker. "Those were my most recent visits.

"I've visited NC State a good bit because I have a lot of friends in North Carolina, and I like the coaching staff. I tend to visit them a lot."

Walker was able to watch NC State's scrimmage and talk some more with the Wolfpack coaches and a Pack freshman.

"I met with coach O'Brien, and I met with all the coaches again," said Walker. "I watched them scrimmage and stuff like that. I thought the scrimmage went pretty well. I'm actually friends with the incoming freshman, Russell Wilson. He's from around here. I got to talk to him when I was down at NC State."

Walker is also familiar with NC State's four-star quarterback commitment, Mike Glennon.

"I have been talking with Glennon a lot. We were actually suppose to go to the same high school because I went to elementary school near him, but I ended up moving."

NC State's defensive line coach Keith Willis is recruiting Walker for the Wolfpack. He has certainly made an impression.

"Coach Willis is my recruiting coach," said Walker. "He's probably the best recruiting coach that I have. He's really cool and down-to-earth. I like coach Willis a lot."

As a junior, Walker totaled 47 receptions for 732 yards and eight touchdowns. With 4.45 speed in the 40-yard dash, Walker had another 300 yards rushing as a quarterback, and as a defensive back, registered 31 tackles, picked off eight passes and broke up another nine. He was named all-state as a receiver, defensive back and kick returner.

That type of versatility and sheer talent is why he is a hot commodity. With so many offers, the challenge is to cut his list down to a group of schools he can focus on. Walker hopes to do that in the near future, and it appears three will make the cut.

"I'm probably going to make a top 10 or top 12 sometime [this] week," he said. "I know Penn State is in there because I already scheduled an official visit with them and you know Florida State and NC State will be in there.

"It's the environment with those two. I've been to both places, and I've stayed at both places so I know what the environment is like. I know what it's like away from football."

The question most ask is if Virginia and Virginia Tech, the in-state programs, will make the cut. Walker, who just moved to Virginia last year, actually lived the past eight years in North Carolina, and attended school in Asheville as a sophomore.

"When they ask if I'm going to stay in-state, I really don't consider myself from Virginia," said Walker. "I just moved here from North Carolina, and I still have a lot of friends down there."

Look for Walker to make a decision later this year, and he knows what he is looking for in a college program.

"I'm probably going to decide sometime in October," he stated. "By then I'm hoping to have taken a good amount of visits to see what a lot of the colleges are like.

"The biggest factors will probably be the environment and what the team is going to do within the next few years offensively. I want to see how they are going to compete with the best teams in the country."


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