Recruitment Heating Up For SMU Commit

Houston Lamar wide receiver Shelby Walker has intriguing new options

Since committing to SMU in February, Houston Lamar wide receiver Shelby Walker has been a hot commodity in the recruiting world.

Multiple BCS programs are showing plenty of interest in the three-star prospect, who now holds six total offers, including Boise State, Michigan State and Utah, the latest trio of programs to extend scholarships.

"I've talked to Boise State and Utah to see what they have to offer and what kinds of schemes they run so I'm interested," Walker said. "Coach (Terrence) Samuel from Michigan State came down to watch me practice this spring and offered me. It was a great feeling because that's the first time I had heard from them, and they're in the Big 10."

But despite all the newfound attention, Walker remains solid to SMU.

"I'm still solid to SMU because Coach (Jason) Phillips offered me first as a sophomore without seeing any tape on me," Walker said. "He told me then to remember who offered him first, and that means a lot to me. I have a lot of respect for him."

Earlier this spring, Phillips made a visit to Houston Lamar to watch Walker in action. Although the two didn't get a chance to have a long conversation, Walker says he has grown close to his future position coach.

"Me and Coach Phillips are very close. He's very cool and humble," Walker said. "When he came to visit, we didn't talk much. But he said he can't wait for me to go down there, and he wishes he had me for this year."

Walker is not sure what schools he'll visit this summer. Right now, the 6-foot, 170-pounder is just focusing on gaining weight and getting faster as his senior season approaches.

This past weekend, Walker led Houston Lamar to a 40-0 win over Manvel in the Texas 7-on-7 State Qualifying Tournament championship game. The Redskins will compete in the state tournament in July, and Walker believes they can win it all.

"I think we played really good. Me and Darrell (Colbert) were on the same page, and we came out with a big win," Walker said. "I think if we can stay humble then no one can compete with us. We just have to play ball."

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