Bruins Still In Front for Walker

Norco (Calif.) offensive lineman Brent Walker has UCLA solidly in the lead but more schools are contacting him after a strong start to his senior year...

The Norco (Calif.) offense continues to chug along thanks to Stanford-bound running back Kelsey Young.

But Young would be and has been the first to give credit to his offensive line.

And one of the standouts up front for Norco has been Brent Walker, who continues to pave the way for the Cougars' offense.

Walker still has UCLA clearly in front for his services.

"I'm still feeling strongly about UCLA," said Walker. "They're recruiting me the hardest and they're definitely my leader."

Walker, though, is seeing interest in him perk up, now that he's in his second year at Norco, after moving from Ohio, and schools are finding out more about him.

"Arizona State would be number two behind UCLA," said Walker. "I've started to hear more from them."

It's no surprise the Sun Devils have started to recruit Walker, with three of their offensive linemen, including Norco coach Todd Gerhart's son, Garth, being Cougar alums.

"But they haven't offered me yet, so we're just talking right now. They call me, Utah State, San Diego State and New Mexico State, who just offered me, are all talking to me the most," said Walker.

Walker plays offensive tackle for the Cougars and said that he's being recruited to play tackle, but thinks he'll end up inside, even though his preference is as a tackle.

"I've been playing right tackle since I was 11 years old, so I'd prefer to stay there, but I think I'll be moving inside for college," said Walker.

Walker was at UCLA's game on Saturday against Washington State, and as a lineman, was salivating at UCLA's offensive performance.

"Man, I love the zone blocking schemes and the way they just pound the ball," said Walker. "That's what we do at Norco, we love to just pound it, and as an offensive lineman, you love to see that."

Walker is being recruited primarily by Wayne Moses, who handles the Inland Empire, but talks frequently with offensive line coach Bob Palcic.

The three-star said he wants to take a couple of official visits, but doesn't envision taking all five.

"I don't have any visits set up anytime soon, but I might take like 2-3 of them, but not all five," said Walker.

Walker and his Norco teammates are 4-0 and face Corona (Calif.) Roosevelt this coming weekend.

Academically, Walker said he's on track to be fully qualified and will be taking the ACT this month.


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