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UCLA offers Georgia 2018 DL Josh Walker and now the Bruins are his top school

Sep. 12 -- UCLA offered one of the top junior interior defensive linemen in the state of Georgia, and the Bruins immediately jumped to the top of his list...

This was an offer that was expected.

UCLA had been showing interest in Josh Walker, and when Scout spoke with him recently, we asked who could be next to offer, and Walker quickly responded with UCLA.

That offer came just a few hours after Walker said that.

The offer was made over the phone by UCLA's defensive coordinator Tom Bradley.

"Coach Bradley sent me a direct message over Twitter asking me to call him, so I did," said Walker.  "We talked for a little bit, then he offered me.

"He said that he loved the motor that I play with and how I stop the run.  That is what he likes about my game."

Walker is a 6-foot, 290 pound defensive tackle out of Carrollton (Ga.).  He took a trip out of to California over the summer to check out UCLA, so he knows what the Bruins have to offer.  He was impressed then, so he already had UCLA high on his list, but with the offer, it now is the clear-cut leader.

"UCLA is No. 1 on my list now.

"When I was there in June, I loved it.  I loved how they worked out, I like how they play ball there, and I like how the coaches had good relationships with the players.  I am very big on those relationships, and the program I commit to with have to have that."

The new offer was called a "dream offer" by the strong, aggressive 2018 defender.  He recently added an offer from Michigan State too, so his recruitment is really picking up nationally.

He is a Peach State prospect who deals with the heat and humidity on a regular basis down south, so when he spent time in L.A. earlier this summer, how it felt on the UCLA campus caught his attention.

"It is California; how can you not like it out there?  The weather was awesome.  It felt great, and I liked that a lot.

"UCLA has all you want in a school too.  It is good football, it is good academics and it is an all in one package there."

Walker plans to return to UCLA the weekend of November 12 when the Bruins host Oregon State.  

A decision could be made late in 2016.  He is not ruling out an early commitment.


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