Walker Makes His Choice

One of the best emerging prospects on the west coast, La Puente linebacker Wesley Walker, chooses UCLA over Oregon, and talks about what factors went into his decision...

Welsey Walker, 6-3, 215, La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat, has chosen UCLA over Oregon.

"Yeah, I'm going to UCLA," Walker said. "It's a relief to have finally made the decision. I'm very happy, and now I can focus on the rest of the school year, try to work hard and get in there to play as early as possible."

Even though Walker was a pretty clear UCLA lean for a while, he said choosing UCLA over Oregon was a difficult decision. "I really liked Oregon a lot, and their coaches. It was a pretty tough decision."

So how and when did he arrive at his decision? "Wednesday night my parents and I sat down and got a big white board out and listed sixteen categories, factors in making the decision. We then rated which school -- UCLA, Oregon or Stanford -- was the best in each category. UCLA came out on top. Then we narrowed it down to the five most important factors and still UCLA came out best. So, I'm very comfortable with my decision. I was very comfortable there on my trip."

Walker said some of the factors on that big white board were to be close to home, UCLA's academics, being able to go to school with close friends, and the possibility of early playing time. "UCLA has a great program, but they'll need linebackers. Especially at the Will linebacker. Right now, really only Audie Attar is there. Audie was a factor, too. We've known each other a really long time. Generally, the people at UCLA are so great, I just felt very comfortable."

Walker said another, smaller but still significant factor was the possibility of coming out to UCLA's spring practice. "I definitely wanted to come out and be at spring practice, and at UCLA, since it's close, I can. I can watch, sit in on meetings, and hopefully it will help me to play early."

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