Wesley Walker,6-2, 210, La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat, returned from his Stanford trip impressed, but said that UCLA has a slight lead for his services.
"Stanford, it was nice," Walker said. "My parents, of course, enjoyed it. Stanford did a good job. It was a little different, in that environment. We ate lunch with seven professors who are leaders in their field. It was different."
Walker visited Washington State Nov. 30th, and has plans to visit Oregon this coming weekend, UCLA on January 11th and Florida on January 25th. Walker said all of the schools he's visiting have offered him a scholarship. UCLA and Florida offered him within the last week, in fact.
"Florida offered me tonight (Sunday)," Walker said. "The said they hadn't seen enough tapes, but once they did, they offered. UCLA offered a week ago. They also said they hadn't offered because they needed to see more tapes and then offered when they did."
When asked if he had a favorite, Walker said, "UCLA maybe has a little lead. I think it's more of an environnment that fits my personality. But I think it's between UCLA and Stanford. They're both pretty up there, but I want to see Oregon and Florida."
Walker, who had 125 tackles this season and was named the Del Rey League Defensive Player of the Year, said that growing up that he was actually a USC fan. "When I was younger, I wanted to go to USC. That changed. But even at the beginning of this year I wanted to go to USC. But I think they get so much talent and don't do much with it. They should be better than they are. They hadn't called me for three months and then called today (Sunday). They asked if I wanted to take a visit and come to my school. I told them they could come to my school but to visit them I'd have to bump someone else who's been recruiting me for a while."
UCLA and Stanford, in fact, have been recruiting Walker for a while. "I liked UCLA from the beginning of the year. They recruited me and I went to all of their games. It was pretty exciting. I went to the Washington and Oregon games. I was in the Rose Bowl and I said, ‘This is where I want to be.' But then I was admitted to Stanford and I said, ‘Whoa. I got into Stanford.' So, Stanford has drawn close now."
UCLA, though, has a good ace up its sleeve in recruiting Walker. "Well, I get along well with the players who have committed there, like Eric McNeal and Kevin Harbour. And one of the players on the team, Audie Attar, I've been close with since I was seven. He used to live around the corner from my cousin and we'd play football together growing up. I talk to him. I have his cell phone and dorm room number. When I need help I call him."
When asked if he could commit before he finishes all his trip, Walker said it's a possibility. "I might not get through all my trips. But everybody I talk to tells me to go on all my trips. Michael Craven, he hosted me this weekend at Stanford. I've been friends with him a while, that's why he was my host. He said to take all of them, don't count out anyone too early. So, I'll try to take all of them. But if it feels right at the time, I could commit."
This week he has in-homes with a few different schools, including Stanford today, Oregon on Tuesday, and UCLA another day this week when he doesn't have a basketball game.
Walker, a good student with a 3.5 GPA and a 1210 SAT score, said he wants to study sports medicine in college. "UCLA is good for it, and Stanford is good. Actually Florida and Oregon are pretty good, too, so I can't go wrong."