Walsh More Than Rock Solid After Visit

Quarterback J.W. Walsh of Denton (Guyer), Texas is more than "rock solid" after his official visit to Oklahoma State last weekend as the 6-2 1/2, 200-pound U.S. Army All-American selection said this about his weekend in Stillwater for the Homecoming festivities and the game with Nebraska.

"What was the best part about my visit?" asked Walsh, repeating the question. "The best part about it was it made me think about how close I am to being a part of Oklahoma State football. I am so close to being there."

Walsh, who visited along with his future roommate offensive lineman Travis Cross of Plano West, is going to enroll and start college early in January along with Cross. Also, visiting this weekend was highly regarded junior college defensive tackle Jonathan Jenkins, who reported to Go Pokes on Monday morning that he had called OSU head coach Mike Gundy earlier in the morning and made a commitment to sign with Oklahoma State in December.

Walsh and Cross were able to visit this weekend as they did not play on Friday. Walsh had led Guyer to a 42-13 win on Thursday night over Keller. Guyer is 6-2 overall and 4-1 in district play (5-5A).

Walsh is having a huge season statistically and on Thursday completed 16 of 28 passes for 260 yards and two touchdowns, including an 83-yard completion. He also ran for 162 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries, including a 56-yard run to open the scoring for Guyer on its first possession.

He was on the visit to Stillwater with his family.

"I'm the same way as Travis," said Walsh. "A big part of this for me was getting to hang out with the players and know them better. I really feel like I have a relationship with the team. They treated us so well. It was incredible how high class everything was. The whole visit was pretty special."

Walsh and his Guyer teammates continue their drive for the playoffs Friday against Keller Fossil Ridge. Unlike last season when Guyer was unbeaten until the final week of the regular season when they lost to rival Denton Ryan just before the playoffs, Guyer has lost twice including a televised 42-41 loss at Cowboys Stadium to powerhouse Cedar Hill.

"You never want to lose," said Walsh, "but I actually think in the long run those losses and that one in particular will help us. We have already faced some adversity early in the season and come back from it. That was also an overtime game and we may need to know how it feels going to overtime in the playoffs. I think we have grown and matured as a team."

We'll keep an eye on Walsh and Guyer as the playoffs near and begin.

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