Not very many prospects in SMU's 2014 class hold multiple offers so it's imperative for the staff to keep those who do.
One of those commits is Houston Lamar wide receiver Shelby Walker. The three-star wide receiver committed to SMU back in the spring, joining teammates Darrell Colbert and Braylon Hyder. But since then, Boise State, Houston, Michigan State and Tulsa all jumped in with offers.
So is he still solid?
"Yeah, I'm definitely still with SMU. I haven't been hearing as much from other schools as I was, and I'm going to stick with SMU," Walker said. "They were the first school to offer me, and that means a lot. Houston had their chance because I went to their camp first, and they didn't offer. I still remember Coach (Jason) Phillips telling me, remember who offered you first, and I respect that out of them."
At 6-foot, 170-pounds, Walker says he can play either inside or outside receiver on the Hilltop. His 4.4 speed makes him a dangerous weapon wherever he lines up. Walker hopes to find out more about his role when he takes his official visit to SMU on January 31.
On that day he will be joined by Colbert, Hyder, Kyran Mitchell and former teammate Darius Durall.
"I'm excited about getting a chance to know the coaches more since I haven't gotten to really talk them all, and I want to hang out with the players," Walker said. "I liked the facilities and the campus when I was there for junior day. But Like I said, the big thing for me is getting to talk to the coaches and the players."
Walker says he hasn't spoken to Phillips recently but did receive a Facebook message from the wide receivers coach right before school let out for Christmas break.
"He just said that he hopes that I'm ready for college and that he's excited about me coming over. He also said to keep working on my game, that's pretty much it," Walker said. "I didn't get to talk to him about early playing time, but that's why I picked SMU. I feel like I can go in there and be a No. 2 guy as a freshman."
This season, Walker finished second on the team with 23 receptions for 401 yards and three touchdowns as Houston Lamar reached the third round of the playoffs, where it fell to eventual state runner-up Pearland.
While Walker didn't have the senior season he expected to have, -- he had better individual numbers as a junior -- he was happy with his team's effort and is excited about what the future holds.
"It was pretty tough losing to Pearland. You can't win them all, I guess. But it was a good year, and we showed a lot of fight," Walker said. "I'm ready for us to get up there to SMU because I feel like we can help change the culture there. They haven't been winning as much they want to so I think we can help them get where they want to be."
Walker Still Solid
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