Walker Checks Out ND

Deion Walker and Notre Dame assistant coach Ron Powlus have been keeping in touch once or twice a week since February. So the 6-foot-3, 185-pound four-star receiver from Christchurch, Va., wanted to see what Powlus was talking about. This week, Walker and his father did a short Midwest tour, stopping at Michigan, Notre Dame and Nebraska. Both of them had a great time in South Bend.

Deion Walker has 47 scholarship offers, with most of them coming from big-time programs like USC, Florida, Florida State, LSU and Penn State. He'd like to trim his list of favorites to eight or nine, before he starts his senior season at Christchurch School. Notre Dame has yet to offer, but if they do, Walker said they will likely be in the mix until the end.

"The campus was real nice," Walker said. He hopes to make his college decision by October. "Coach Powlus took me around. It was a good atmosphere and a good place to be. The dome was pretty cool to see, and walking inside of there was beautiful. I took a couple pictures of Touchdown Jesus. That was pretty cool. I had always heard of it, but I didn't know how big it was.

"I wanted to see the place and see everything that they had to offer. I know my Dad loved it, so they will definitely be in the running."

Though most of the Irish coaches were out of town on vacation, Walker got a chance to meet several players and talk with sophomore quarterback Demetrius Jones.

"He was talking about how it is a great place, and how it sets you up for life after college," Walker stated.

Ranked as the 48th best prospect nationally by Scout.com, Walker had 47 receptions for 732 yards and eight touchdowns last season. 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.

"I'm a tall lanky guy that can go down the field and get it. I can go across the middle and I can make cuts like the little guys do. I'm relatively shifty."

Walker said a few SEC schools have offered him as a defensive back.

This recent Midwest swing adds three schools to the many Walker has already seen. He has also been on trips to Penn State, Florida State, Florida, all the North Carolina schools, all the South Carolina schools, Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama, Auburn. Most of those programs have also offered.

"I've seen a lot of places," Walker said with a laugh.

A few schools could get a return trip for an official visit. It all depends on when Walker makes his final decision.

"I might not get to the first official visit, but I might go all the way to the last official," Walker said. "I would probably come back for an official visit to Notre Dame, but I'm not sure."

That would obviously mainly depend on if Notre Dame would offer a scholarship. Powlus has been very up front with Walker and where he stands with that.

"They've only offered four guys," Walker said. "They are taking two, possibly three. I don't know how that is going to work. (Powlus) said they like me, but they want to get together as a staff and talk it over. I'm sure I will get an offer soon."

Walker reports a 3.2 GPA and an ACT score of 21.

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