Walker Announces Commitment

With over 15 scholarship offers in-hand, Spring Westfield (TX) defensive tackle Hardreck Walker decided it was time to end the recruiting process and make a verbal pledge. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop has the details of Walker's announcement on Sunday.

On the school's first official day as a member of the Southeastern Conference, Texas A&M fans had even more to celebrate Sunday evening as four-star defensive tackle Hardreck Walker publicly made his verbal pledge on KPRC Channel 2 in Houston.

"It was a tough decision, but I've decided to play football at Texas A&M University," said Walker.

The 6-foot-2, 285-pound interior lineman scooped up over 15 offers from across the country as his stock soared this spring, but in the end his final list included Texas Tech, Arkansas, Missouri, Northwestern, and Texas A&M. In an interview with Aggie Websider last week, Walker acknowledged his top two choices boiled down to the Aggies and Red Raiders. But on Sunday, he picked Texas A&M.

"I love Coach Sumlin and the coaching staff. They are putting together a great recruiting class and I know they are going to turn it around quickly," Walker said. "In talking to Coach Price (A&M DL coach), I think we can bring back the Wrecking Crew and win big the SEC."

The Spring Westfield product is Scout.com's No. 28 defensive line prospect and No. 257 overall in the 2013 class. His combination of strength and athleticism to shed blocks and get into the backfield is what attracted so many college coaches. Walker still believes there's room for improvement and he's working hard in this offseason.

"I'm working on my explosion and ability to get off the line of scrimmage," Walker said. "For a defensive lineman, the key is exploding off the ball and shedding your blocker as soon as possible. IF you can do that in your first move, you will make a lot of plays."

Sumlin's staff recognized a weakness in depth and talent at the interior defensive line positions, and so far they seem to be accomplishing the goal of improving both. With Walker's recent pledge along with previous commitments from No. 72 player overall Isaiah Golden and No. 177 player Kerrick Huggins , the Aggies now have three four-star interior defensive linemen. The Aggies are still in the running for five-star DT Justin Manning as well as several highly-rated JUCO DL's.

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