Chino (Calif.) defensive back Marvin Walker (6-1, 195) is a prospect that UCLA has expressed interest in, and the feeling is mutual.
"My top three is California, Arizona State, Colorado," said Walker. "I like UCLA too, I'm hearing from them. Also Fresno State, Colorado State, Nebraska and Arizona. I like UCLA because they're close to home. I played with (current Bruin) Shawn Oatis when I was a sophomore."
Walker said he was looking for his first offer, but he expects them to come in this fall. "I think schools want to see some of my senior film before they offer me," said Walker.
During the 2004 season, Walker was a part of a secondary that included eventual UCLA signee Oatis, Arizona State-bound Ryan McFoy and Utah-bound R.J. Stanford. He was the lone sophomore starting among three other junior and senior D-1 players. "We had a pretty good secondary that year," said Walker.
Walker ran a 4.6 forty at the Los Angeles Nike Camp, a time he's hoping to get down to 4.5. He's also hoping to get to around 200-205 pounds for college. He plays cornerback and free safety but said he'll likely end up at strong safety in college.
Last weekend, Walker had one of the better camps among the defensive backs at the B2G Elite Football Program, playing primarily with the safeties and using his size to make it difficult for receivers to bump.
During his junior season, Walker had 74 tackles, eight pass break-ups and four interceptions. He also added 341 yards rushing in three games when Stanford was forced to the sidelines in the middle of the year. He finished the year as an all-Sierra League selection.
Academically, Walker has a 3.5 GPA and took the SAT earlier in June.