Where does Beav commit stand?

IT'S A GROWING trend in recruiting, for a verbally committed prospect to open back up his recruitment or even decommit. Every school has been there, a prospect verbally pledges and is thrilled with his choice. For fans, there is much rejoicing. But then maybe a month, maybe six months later, the player isn't as sure. So where do things stand for this Beav verbal pledge?

Wide receiver/ATH Jermel Walker (6-1, 175) out of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. verballed to Oregon State in late July, but he says he's also keeping an eye on other schools and has visit plans.

"I committed to Oregon State but I'm still open… My mind is still on Oregon State and they have a bright future -- and I like what they're bringing in and the way the program is headed," said Walker.

Walker tentatively plans to take an official visit to Oregon State in October. Other schools still in the mix include Washington State, Minnesota and Houston. He said he has a great relationship with OSU receivers coach Brett Brennan.

"I talk with them all the time. We'll talk about my game, how their game went, about how school is going, all sorts of stuff," said Walker of Oregon State.

WALKER HAS seven known offers this recruiting cycle including three Pac-12 schools -- Oregon State, Utah and WSU, plus Houston, Nevada, Utah State and Minnesota. He is ranked a 3-star receiver prospect and No. 119 in the nation.

"They run that spread and I really like what they do with their receivers," said Walker of WSU. "Plus, they're in the Pac-12."

WALKER PLANS ON taking additional official trips starting in October, though some will also have to wait until after the end of the season. He said his plans include visits to WSU, Minnesota and Houston.

Walker racked up 43 catches as a junior, with 920 receiving yards and 8 TDs in 2011. Speed, is not something he lacks, saying he's been hand-timed in the 40 at 4.42.

Walker has not yet taken his SATs. After he does so, he will be eligible to take official trips, hence his plan for those to begin in October.

In general, Scout.com policy is to not classify a verbal commit as a soft commit until the prospect actually goes on an official visit to another school.

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