Walker not afraid of competition waiting at OU

Waco, Texas cornerback Marcus Walker talked about his commitment to Oklahoma shortly after announcing his decision Thursday morning.

WACO, Texas — After tossing and turning with his decision last night, Marcus Walker verbally committed to play football at Oklahoma this morning.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder made his announcement during an 11 a.m. press conference at Waco High School, choosing the Sooners over Florida State and Louisiana State.

Yet, Walker said he didn't finalize his commitment until early this morning, just before he left for school.

"Oklahoma is the place for me," said Walker. "I feel really comfortable there. It's all good."

Walker is rated as TheInsiders.com's third-best cornerback nationally and is the fourth top 50 recruit from the Class of 2004 to commit to the Sooners.

"We've got a lot of talent and expectations," said Walker. "Hopefully, everybody will work hard and we'll win four straight national championships."

Besides playing for a national title contender, Walker said the proximity of Norman to Waco, which he says is only a three-and-a-half hour drive, ultimately sealed his decision.

"I was raised around family," said Walker. "And I'm going to win with family. I want everybody from my hometown to be able to see me play."

Despite the recent arrival of junior college defensive back Chijioke Onyenegecha at Oklahoma, Walker said that didn't affect his recruitment.

"They were going to have (other) players no matter where I went," said Walker. "So what, that doesn't mean anything."

With a starting cornerback spot up for grabs due to Derrick Strait's recent graduation, Walker expects to make a major impact in 2004.

"I'll do whatever it takes to win," said Walker. "I'm ready to battle."

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