Recruiting: George Walker 'Just Knew...'

Before Saturday's Spring Game, Houston Westbury wideout <B>George Walker</b> committed to the Longhorns, becoming the fourth pass-catching prospect and eighth commitment overall of the 2004 recruiting class. The number of early commits Mack and Co. have landed is unprecedented, and the latest addition is about as studly as they come.

"I just started looking at those helmets with Longhorns stickers on them," Walker told IT. "And I just saw how everybody there was so cool. And then I saw how many recruits they had down for the Spring Game. I knew I was ready to commit."

"And then I saw the way everybody was treating Roy Williams and Vince Young and just knew that was something I wanted to be a part of," Walker continued. "Immediately, I wanted to commit right on the spot. And I didn't have any doubts, not even one. I just knew that that was what I wanted."

Of course, talented athletes such as the Houston Westbury standout have the opportunity to get onto the field early, even as true freshmen.

"Well, I'm not going to say that Texas told me I would definitely play as a true freshman, but they let me know I could to see some playing time in so many words," Walker told IT. "And with Roy, B.J. and Sloan leaving, I know I can get on the field."

Learning the offense and battling tougher classes can be a lot for anyone and Walker may in fact find himself looking at a redshirt year.

"If they ask me to redshirt, then I know they'll have a good reason for it," the future 5-star wideout said. "And there probably isn't going to be any asking either. They'll tell you to redshirt and that's what you're going to do."

"But if they do that," Walker paused, "then it would be to my advantage as far as getting stronger, quicker, and a year to get accustomed to my classes."

That said, the 6-2, 185-pound receiver thinks he's going to play early and said he wanted to be on the field as a true freshman. And make no mistake about it, kid possesses the confidence to do just that.

As for what his commitment to the Longhorns feels like at this point, Walker said: "I'm just really looking forward to going to Texas. And I'm going to bring my 'A' game. Really, I'm just looking forward to the experience."

The experiences he'll gain when Texas meets tradition-rich schools such as Oklahoma, Nebraska, A&M, Colorado and Texas Tech will only be trumped by the experience of playing for Big 12 and national championships, an opportunity Walker knows playing for Texas definitely affords him.

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