Another School to Consider

Deion Walker's father Art is the offensive coordinator at Christchurch School in Virginia, so per NCAA rules, he was allowed to be called by college coaches last week. One of those coaches he spoke with was Notre Dame assistant Ron Powlus, who told him to have his son, a four-star receiver, and Scout.com's 48th best prospect nationally, get in touch with Irish head coach Charlie Weis.

Deion Walker visited Notre Dame's campus for the first time on July 24. When he was in South Bend, Weis wasn't around. So when Walker called him, it was the first time the two ever talked. Weis had an agenda, and that was to give the 6-foot-3, 185-pound Walker a scholarship offer.

That's all the push Notre Dame needed to move to the front of the pack with schools like Michigan, Penn State, USC, LSU, Nebraska and Florida State to land the talented receiver. Walker has around 50 scholarship offers.

"I like everything they have to offer," Walker said. "It was a great visit when I was up there. I got to see the campus and meet with some of the academic people. I had a good idea that they were going to offer. I've talked to Jimmy Clausen a couple of times, and the big thing with me is environment. He is pretty cool, and with him being from L.A., he told me about the different things that go on around there, that he likes it, and that they're big on football around there. We talked about a lot of different things."

Walker also stays in regular touch with Powlus. As a junior, he had 47 receptions for 732 yards and eight touchdowns. 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.

Walker has talked with many of the big-named coaches across the country, and came away impressed after talking with Weis.

"He told me about himself, his history, and that he calls the plays," Walker said. "He told me that they're going to take three receivers and that they want me to be one of them."

Walker will soon be making his first trip out to USC. He is still considering a lot of schools, and is not sure when he is going to make a decision. It could come relatively soon, or it could take awhile. He said Notre Dame would probably get an official visit back in July. He reports a 3.2 GPA and an ACT score of 21.


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