Walker, a 2019 prospect and product of Ensworth High School, wanted to find out his standing with head coach Hugh Freeze and staff. Walker has received no shortage of interest so far in his recruitment, and he was curious to see if the Rebels — who have already offered a scholarship — counted him as a priority.
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Walker was satisfied with the feedback.
“I have a former Ole Miss player that’s a coach at Ensworth,” he said. “So he always puts Ole Miss in my head. He’s the one who sent me (Ole Miss tight ends) coach (Maurice) Harris’ number. When I talked to coach Harris, he informed me about an offer.
“I like the coaching staff, for sure, as far as a first impression. Most definitely a staff I like to be around. When they talk to me, when they talked to me after the camp, they made me feel like a priority. They talked about how hard they’re going to recruit me and to just stay in touch with them. They can’t contact me now, so they told me to contact them.”
Walker is hearing from, among others, Tennessee, LSU, Vanderbilt, Purdue, Cincinnati, Indiana, Kentucky and Notre Dame. All have offered.
Tennessee, of course, is home. Walker said he’s visited the Volunteers “multiple times.” He counts Tennessee, as well as Notre Dame and LSU, as the schools recruiting him the hardest.
“Notre Dame is coming after me, Tennessee is coming after me. LSU, too,” he said. “Tennessee is just home. That’s my home state, so when I go there, I feel like it’s family there. Notre Dame, they’ve come up to my school and talked to me individually. (Notre Dame linebackers) Coach (Clark) Lea and the defensive coordinator have talked to me about how I’m one of their top DB prospects that they want. They make me feel like a priority there. LSU came by spring practice and watched me. After practice I called the recruiting coach and he talked to me and told me he wants to get in touch with me more.”