Deion Walker (6-foot-3, 185 pounds) has scholarship offers from Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Texas A&M, Michigan, Arkansas, Oregon, Louisville, Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Virginia, Florida State, Penn State, Maryland, USC and Tennessee. Notre Dame hasn't extended him an offer, but they have been in contact with the standout receiver.
"I've been talking to the Notre Dame coaches for a while," Walker responded when asked about his contact with Notre Dame. "I've been talking to Coach Powlus since signing day. I know that they have one receiver committed, so I'm not sure how that's going to work as far as them offering me, but it seems like they're really interested.
"Coach Powlus wanted me to come down there [for the spring game], but I can't get a ticket. I'm definitely going to take a visit there sometime soon. I've never been to South Bend, but I've always wanted to get there to see Touchdown Jesus. I've been surrounded by people that have liked Notre Dame their entire lives, and they've told me that I have to check it out, so I'm definitely going to get down there. The coaches are going to be on the road and they said that they were going to stop by my school. They said that they like me and that I'm high on their board."
Notre Dame will need to decide whether they want to offer Walker soon. He likes what Notre Dame offers, but with so many top programs after him, he'll start to narrow down his options fairly soon.
"I know Notre Dame is trying to get their program on track," Walker said. "I know they have a couple real good quarterbacks. Charlie Weis is trying to bring their program back up to where it use to be. That's exciting and something to look forward to.
"I know Notre Dame likes to establish the run, but they also like to throw the ball. That's really attractive, because the way they've run the ball the past couple years has opened up the passing game. That's really attractive about their offense.
"Going to Notre Dame is like gong to an Ivy League school," Walker said. "I go to a private school now and education is really important to me. A Notre Dame education is huge. Imagine applying for a job with a Notre Dame degree on your resume."
"I like USC a lot, but I haven't visited there yet. What USC has going for it is their tradition of winning. Since I've been growing up they've always been the powerhouse team. I lived in California in my younger years, so I grew up watching USC and my dad is a big fan of USC. Since I moved to the East Coast I started watching Florida State, but I've always liked Notre Dame. I've liked they're tradition more than anything. I'm sure they get a lot of recruits like that.
"I have a big decision to make and I want to get out and visit everybody," Walker explained. "I'll probably narrow my schools down by July and I'm planning to make a decision after I take some official visits. I really want to get to know the school and the coaching staff. I want to see how I'd fit into the offense or defense if they want me to play defense. "
Last season Walker had 47 receptions for 732 yards and eight touchdowns. On defense he had 31 tackles, eight interceptions and nine pass deflections.