Ensworth HS DB Wesley Walker

Irish impress top defensive back

On Saturday the Irish hosted one of their top ‘19 defensive prospects in Wesley Walker. The versatile defensive back is already planning a return visit with his mother.

While there was a lot of attention on the elite linemen on campus at Notre Dame this weekend, there were also a few intriguing skill positions recruits touring Notre Dame and meeting with the coaching staff.

One of those prospects was ’19 defensive back Wesley Walker of Tennessee.

Walker was offered by Notre Dame on March 3 and has been eyeing a visit since. The 6-foot-1, 181-pound junior made the trip to South Bend with his teammate Jaylon King, a three-star 2018 corner prospect.

Walker was pleased with what he took in on Saturday.

“The visit went really good,” Walker said. “I didn’t know their campus looked that nice. That was probably the nicest campus I’ve ever seen.

“The campus especially, that was an eye-opener. It was very nice and we got to try on the uniforms and stuff. That was super cool too.”

While on campus, Walker spent time talking with cornerbacks coach Todd Lyght.

“I got to talk to coach Lyght one on one,” Walker said. “He took me up to his office and we started talking. He was talking mainly about how Notre Dame can help me with life after football.”

Prior to his trip to South Bend, Lyght’s impressive football resume had slipped past Walker.

Learning of the former NFL All-Pro’s accolades piqued the interest of the hard-hitting defensive back.

“I didn’t know that he was that good of a football player when I was first talking to him,” Walker said. “But then going down the halls, seeing that he was an All-American and he’s a coach and he coaches the position that I play, that I would be coached by someone who has been where I’m trying to go.”

During his sophomore season, Walker put up 32 tackles, six interceptions and four forced fumbles as a free safety.

Most programs are recruiting Walker at both cornerback and free safety.

“I feel I’m very versatile,” Walker said. “(I can) play either (free safety or cornerback) or even nickel. I feel they are recruiting me for both.”

With offers from Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Memphis, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt, Walker is sure to add more in the next year.

“I’m just enjoying the process,” Walker said. “I’m looking at schools and I’m just open to everybody right now. I’m going to try to trim my list down after this football season.”

When the time comes to narrow down his list, the Irish will be in very good shape to make the cut.

“(Notre Dame) is going to be a priority down the road,” Walker said. “I want to get back up there. I want to take my mom up there. She likes it and I want her to see it.”

Other than Notre Dame, Walker has visited South Carolina, Ole Miss and Tennessee. He doesn’t have additional visits set but said he could make a few more college stops this summer.

Education appears to be key for Walker, who attends Ensworth High School in Nashville. His older brother Chris is a running back at Cornell.


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