"I started both ways at Munford," stated Tommy Walker. "But I am mainly getting recruited for defensive end. Tennessee State, Ole Miss, Memphis, and Arkansas State want me at end, and Mississippi State is recruiting me for both. They actually like me at defensive tackle too."
When did the Bulldogs come into the picture?
offered me a scholarship during the football season, and I set up an official
visit with them like two weeks back. I am going up there this weekend."
all has Tommy officially visited so far?
"I have been to Memphis (1/5),
Ole Miss (1/12), Arkansas State (1/19), and Tennessee State (1/26)."
recent inhome visits?
"Coaches Orgeron and Freeze (Ole Miss) came
by last night. Coach Croom (MSU) came by on Monday. Coach West (Memphis) came
by on Tuesday. We have coaches Webster and Harris for Tennessee State coming by
today at 5:00 pm to meet with us."
Is there a leader yet?
are basically about the same, but I am kind of leaning towards Memphis State,
but I will make a decision by Friday, hopefully."
What will that do
to the MSU visit if a decision is made by Friday?
"I will still go
on the trip, so I will have something to compare my decision to."
Walker's Uncle, Malcolm Walker, gave us some insightful thoughts on the recruiting
"Tommy and myself and his mother are going to go over everything
and do what is best for Tommy," added the articulate Malcolm Walker.
wants to have a decision by Friday, but he might not have one until Tuesday. Tennessee
State is coming tomorrow, and they are making a late strong push. All of the coaches
are talking really well."
What will be the main factors in Tommy's
"Distance from home, playing time, and where he feels the
most comfortable. This is about beyond playing football. After football is over,
where he is going to feel at home? That is way more important than football. Football
is only a few months out of the year. He needs to find a place that is a home
away from home. We will also look at where his mother can conveniently see his
games. We are narrowing the door right now. Tonight, we are trying to narrow it
down to two schools. We are carefully thinking this thing out. The two main factors
will be distance from home and where he feels the most comfortable. As far as
playing time, all of the schools are recruiting him to start. That is left up
to him and how badly he wants it. The colleges can not guarantee anything for
Tommy. That would be silly to think he can just show up and start. That is all
left up to his individual will to start. Me and his mother will support where
ever he wants to go. But what if there is an emergency and he needs transportation
to get home? That is why Memphis Sate is where he might be leaning."
is also another factor that could play a role.
"He has a cousin that
is a RB for Munford., Malcolm Walker (Jr)," added Malcolm Walker (Sr). "They
have always wanted to play together on the next level. Right now, Tennessee State
is the only school who has offered him. Ole Miss and Memphis State have not. That
could play a role. We are not saying that is going to be the overriding decision,
but it could play a role. Right now, Ole Miss and Memphis are saying he could
walk on, so we shall see. We are going to meet with Mr. Webster and Harris (from
Tennessee State) today at 5:00 and just go over some things. Memphis State continues
to call and make a strong push. Ole Miss has been in this thing from day one.
Mississippi State really wants the kid pretty badly. We will just have to wait
From the sound of the conversation, it seems like Memphis
and Tennessee State might be the two schools that things are narrowed down to;
"Tennessee State and Memphis are still in it, but Ole Miss
is not out of it at all," added Malcolm Walker. "Coach Orgeron was really
impressive, and we have always been crazy about Coach Hugh Freeze. I love what
they are doing with that program. We will mark some schools off and narrow things
down. I told Tommy to not feel the pressure, let me feel the pressure. This has
gotten to be too much for the young man. I am really ready for this to be over."
does Mississippi State fit into the picture?
"They just want us to
visit," added Malcolm Walker. Coach Croom asked us how could we dismiss them
without visiting? But we are kind of tired of the recruiting process, but we may
get down there and feel good about it. Who knows what might happen?"
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