Walker 'Definitely Firm' with Carolina

MOORESVILLE, N.C. --- North Carolina fans began to fret last week when word circulated that Tar Heel verbal commitment Brian Walker was planning to visit Tennessee for the Volunteers' game against Florida last Saturday.

"I'm definitely firm with Carolina," Walker said Friday night. "Nothing has changed with that. Tennessee asked me to visit with Marquez [North] and our other teammate, Jaylen Samuels, but I'm not going. There was pretty much a mix up in what was said."

Walker, a 5-foot-9, 168-pound cornerback from Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek, disclosed that schools have continued to pursue him despite his pledge to UNC and that Tennessee is the most persistent of those schools. But he hasn't thought about visiting any school, outside of UNC.

"I'll have to talk to my dad," Walker said. "[Visiting other schools] really hasn't been discussed, but for right now the only school I'm going to visit is Carolina."

Walker remains in constant contact with UNC. The majority of that contact is with Gunter Brewer, his primary recruiter.

"[Brewer and I] stay in contact almost every other day," Walker said. "Coach [Dan] Disch and I talk from time to time, but mostly it's Coach Brewer and I and sometimes Coach [Larry] Fedora."

Walker's most recent conversation with Fedora occurred last Thursday night.

"We talked about just how things are going with the team," Walker said. "He asked me who I'm playing and when the next time I could come up there. He tells me how things are going at Carolina."

Walker, who attended UNC's opening victory over Elon, is looking to make a habit of being in Kenan Stadium when the Tar Heels are home. He's working on arrangements to attend the in-state match-up against East Carolina this Saturday.

Walker's Mallard Creek squad improved to 3-1 on Friday night with a convincing 56-11 victory against conference foe Mooresville. During the game, Walker wasn't able to show off his calling card - his shutdown ability against the pass - since Mooresville employs a run-dominant offense.

"[Playing a run-dominant offense] improves the linebackers and D-line and allows me to work on my tackling," Walker said. "I'd like for them to pass the ball, but if they're just going to run I've just got to work on my tackling."

Walker was able to contribute to the scoring a punt return touchdown, which he bobbled the ball at first, then ran 52 yards to the endzone -- but a penalty flag negated the return.

"When I first dropped [the ball], I just tried to stay calm, turn around, and see the field," Walker said. "I looked to the right and it was mostly open – my teammates had all the blocks for me [and] ‘Quez was leading the way for me. I noticed the flag after I entered the end zone. It's disappointing – I'm not going to lie – but I knew the offense was going to put it in for a touchdown so I wasn't really that mad."

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