Good defensive tackles attract a lot of attention because, let's face it, finding that guy who can anchor your entire defense is very, very important to the success of every defensive team in the country.
And now that recruiting is beginning to shift into a higher gear, Casey Walker is finding out a lot of schools want to talk to him. Walker didn't play much as a sophomore because of his minor knee surgery, so he went into last season somewhat of an unknown player and is just now getting on the radar with some schools. However, the more those schools see him the more they like him and more and more attention is coming his way.
"I try to not let that kind of stuff get to my head," said Walker on the attention he's getting from college coaches. "I try to keep a level head and I am always trying to maintain and stay humble. It is great that my name is out there for college coaches, but I try to not that let get to my head. I try to stay humble.
"I know that it does open some doors for me and I appreciate that my name is getting out there. College coaches call and text and are now trying to recruit me, so the fact that my name is now getting out there is not a bad thing."
Walker finished his junior season with 35 tackles (13 behind the line of scrimmage), four sacks and one fumble recovery. He can bench 405 pounds, squat 600 and he owns all the Garland High strength records. He has also posted a 24-inch vertical jump.
Walker has never been to any camps or combines, but he did attend Junior Day at Oklahoma and Texas A&M. He has been offered by Arizona, Colorado, TCU, Ole Miss, Illinois and Buffalo. He is also hearing from other programs like Oklahoma .
"Oklahoma is telling me that they are close to offering," said Walker . "They are really interested in me and they are working to find out more information about me. I talked to Bob Stoops and he said that they really like me and that they are real close to offering me. Coach (Brent) Venables is recruiting me and he said he likes me. He is the one that got Coach Stoops interested in me."
The recruiting game is relatively new to Walker, but he still has a top five.
"Right now my top five would be Oklahoma, Florida, Arkansas, LSU and Colorado," said Walker . "I really love Oklahoma, I love the program. I talked to some of the players when I was up there on Junior Day. I talked to Gerald McCoy, and all the players are great. They just make you feel like you are home. The coaches are wonderful. I really liked it at Oklahoma. Right now Florida and Oklahoma are my leaders. I think both teams are close to offering me."
Walker plans on going through the recruiting process and taking five visits. If possible, he wants to commit on his 18th birthday on Dec 6. He doesn't plan on going to any camps this summer as he wants to stay and work out with his high school team.
"It is almost like an off-season program," said Walker. "We go up every day at night and practice at the field house. We just work on keeping our conditioning up so that when the season comes we don't have to work to get back into condition. We lift pretty heavy during our workouts and run very hard."
Walker is still needs to take the test to qualify.