Two-School Race for Walker

Throughout the recruiting process Brent Walker has had his sights focused on conference foes UCLA and ASU. With the Norco (Calif.) offensive lineman visiting Tempe in a few days, where do both schools stand with him in terms of recruiting?

"Recruiting with Arizona State is going great and they are actually my number one school," said the 6-5, 300-pound Brent Walker. "I'm going there on official visit Friday with my uncle and if they visit goes well I might commit when I'm there. I'm recruited by coach Brossard and I like how he is very personable, down to earth and has never pressured me during recruiting. He doesn't call me every day but he does check up on me and see how I'm doing."

Norco High School has supplied the Sun Devils with five players, and the two newest of the bunch, Deantre Lewis and Carl Bradford are good friends of Walker and have obviously expressed their desire to have the guard join them in Tempe.

"They love the school and are all doing well," Walker stated. "My head coach (Todd Gerhart, father of ASU center Garth Gerhart) loves Arizona State and thinks that it would be the best fit for me than other schools out there."

Up until a few weeks ago Walker declared UCLA and ASU as his co-favorites and explained why he now holds the Sun Devils in a higher regard than the Bruins.

"UCLA is number two right now," Walker said. "I have been watching their games and their offensive isn't very dynamic and they are not a good come from behind offense from what I have seen

"I feel that the Arizona State offense is more dynamic and does a better job in coming from behind."

Walker has not visited ASU in the past, but has naturally been keeping a close eye on the maroon and gold throughout the season. Needless to say that he has really taken to their offensive scheme and sees himself possibly fitting well in it.

"I like how they mix it up on offense and how they run their play action," Walker noted. "It keeps the defense off balance and gives the offense an edge. I really like that aspect of the offense."

For the last several years the Cougars have been known for their exceptional power running game. They ended their 2010 campaign at a 9-3 record and Walker has been an integral part of their rushing attack.

"The first thing you notice about Walker is his nasty streak," said Scout.com's West Recruiting Manager Brandon Huffman in a recent evaluation of the offensive guard. "He's a quiet guy off the field, but on the field, he has a fiery streak that he plays with. Walker is decent in pass protection, and could serve to improve there, as he's a little slow out of his stance. Where he excels, though, is in the running game.

"He does a good job with his drive blocking and gets to the second level quickly, with a full head of steam. On a few runs, he was up field just behind the running back. Still a little raw, but his upside is high."

Walker indicated that ASU offensive line coach Gregg Smith also likes his attitude and aggressiveness, and believes that he is equally capable in both run and pass blocking duties as a guard.

"I bring some athletic ability," Walker remarked. "I can pull, I can block defensive linemen and linebackers, so I'm not one of those offensive linemen that can only block straight up. I get down the field and block too."

The Norco standout reported weight room marks of 325 benching, 525 squatting and 315 in the power clean.

Walker noted that the academic support and graduation rate will be important factors in his decision of which school to attend. The visit to ASU will be his first official trip to date to any school.

"UCLA wants me to come and visit in January," Walker pointed out, "but depending on what happens on my visit this week to Arizona State that may not happen."


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