Walker has Interest in the Irish

Notre Dame already has commitments from two linebackers for the 2007 recruiting class, but the Irish staff wants to add at least one more star to that group. Chris Walker of Christian Brothers high school (Memphis, Tenn.) is a player that can chase plays from sideline to sideline, and the Irish appear to be very interested in bringing him to South Bend.

Aaron Nagel and Kerry Neal have already committed to the Irish and they are both being recruited to play linebacker. Chris Walker (6-2, 215-pounds) doesn't have an Irish scholarship offer yet, but one could be on the way.

"I've been talking to coach Minter and he asked me to send him my transcripts not too long ago. He was down on campus last week," replied Walker when asked if Notre Dame had offered him a scholarship. "It's hard to tell if they will [offer], but it sounds good. He likes my film. He said they needed players like me at Notre Dame, but he needed to go through the "big man," who makes the final decision on it.

"I talked to my coach about it and he sounded pretty confident about it, so hopefully it comes pretty soon."

"I'm very interested in Notre Dame," Walker continued. "It's a premiere college and premiere football team, and it would be a great opportunity to play for their coaches. It would be an honor to play for a team like Notre Dame with the history of their football and the tradition.

"They caught my eye because they're starting to make a turnaround. All they need is a couple players here and there and they'll have a championship contending team pretty soon and I'd like to be a part of that."

"Actually my coach, my mom and I were planning a trip to come to Notre Dame this summer," he added.

Walker does have scholarship offers from Kentucky, Louisville, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Auburn, Alabama, Arkansas, Clemson, Tennessee, Memphis, Vanderbilt, LSU and Miami.

"A lot of coaches want to play me at the outside linebacker where I can come off blitzes and rush the quarterback or make plays outside," Walker explained. "I'm one of those athletes that can run and cover well.

"Right now I'm just sitting back and taking some visits. I'm looking at what other schools have to offer, so I'm just looking around. I really won't have a top five or top seven (schools) or whatever until sometime this summer when I've taken some of the visits I want to take. After that I think I'll have to narrow it down because if I don't narrow it down I think it will get even worse."

As a junior, Walker had 83 tackles, 10.5 for losses, 4 sacks, and 9 caused fumbles.

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