Wesley Walker, 6-2, 225, La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat, said he's close to committing – to UCLA.
When we spoke with him last night, Walker was discussing how he was pretty certain where he was going and that he was preparing to commit by Saturday. Then, when asked if he was preparing to commit to UCLA, he replied, "You could say that."
Walker is going through a flurry of in-home and at-school visits from college coaches. Last night, we spoke to Walker after Stanford head coach Buddy Teevens had just visited him. Yesterday, a Florida coach came to his school, and UCLA coaches Don Johnson and Mark Weber also visited him at Bishop Amat. Oregon will have an in-home visit with Walker today.
When first asked if he had committed – to anyone – Walker said, "Nope, I held off today. But I'm definitely close." And why did he hold off? "I wanted to hear what the Stanford coach had to say." And Walker said that what Coach Teevens told him didn't "change his mind about what he wants to do." He said, "Stanford hopes to have a defensive staff hired by this weekend. He told me he was hoping to hire a defensive coordinator but hadn't gotten there yet. It was good getting to know him. I was waiting to see who would be their defensive coordinator, but I think I'm going to make my decision before that."
This is when Walker then spoke of "preparing" to commit. He said, "[UCLA] coach Weber is going to call me Thursday or Friday. He wants to get the news from me instead of me telling coach Toledo. If I decide before that I said I'd give them a call. My parents are ready to make a decision. They're getting tired. So, I'm preparing to make the decision."
So, it sounded like Walker was preparing to commit to UCLA, and when asked if that were true, he said, "You could say that."