Walker Keeps Options Open

Kevan Walker committed to Minnesota earlier this spring, but the pull of UCLA, where his father DeWayne is the defensive coordinator, is making the Bruins a major player for his services...

Arcadia (Calif.) athlete Kevan Walker (6-0.5, 185) said he still remains committed to Minnesota, but the continued pull of playing for UCLA, and for his father, Bruins' defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker, is making it a two-horse race.

"I'm still committed to Minnesota," said Walker. "But I'd say it's a soft verbal right now. UCLA, I'm actually looking deep into them. I've been to talking to Coach (Karl) Dorrell and Coach (Eric) Scott, and my dad some."

Walker said that Utah had also offered, and while he's somewhat considering the Utes, he made it clear who stands out.

"Utah offered me and I have to look into them a little more, but I think UCLA and Minnesota are definitely the top two," said Walker. "I need to talk with Coach (George) McDonald about setting up a visit to Minnesota."

Walker said he likely wouldn't need to set up an official visit to UCLA, based on his familiarity with the school.

"I've been there enough that I don't really need to take an official trip there," said Walker. "In fact, I'm going to be there at practice on Friday."

Walker said that UCLA still likes him as a receiver, but that the defensive coordinator and other defensive coaches think he would make a good cornerback.

"In talking to my dad, he and the other guys on defense said they want to use me on that side of the ball," said Walker. "But Coach Dorrell and Coach Scott, they like me as a receiver."

Walker camped at UCLA this summer during their three-day camp, and got to know several of the UCLA recruits. This past weekend, he spent even more time with them.

"This past Saturday, I went to Anthony Dye's house for a barbecue in Corona," said Walker. "Guys like Anthony, E.J. Woods, Nelson Rosario, Nick Crissman, all those guys are saying ‘come to UCLA'. Just hanging out with those guys, I like the vibe. I'm really close to some of those guys too. Like Rahim Moore and E.J. They're both trying to woo me to come to UCLA."

Walker said he's targeted the next 2-3 weeks to be when he makes his final decision, but he acknowledges that is easier said than down.

"I want to make it firmed up in the next 2-3 weeks, but when I think about it, it stresses me out a little bit," said Walker. "So I may need some more time."

Walker said that he's been able to use his father throughout the process and that despite his ties to UCLA, he's not once pushed the Bruins.

"He's been a father the whole time throughout this, never coming as a UCLA coach. He said wherever I feel most comfortable, that's where I should go. He's handled it as a father, not as a coach," said Walker.

This fall, Walker moves from receiver to behind center, where he'll be the Apaches' quarterback.

"I like it a lot, it's definitely a new experience," said Walker. "I like seeing the defensive reads. I like it a lot. I'll play corner and safety too this year."

Walker was an all-league selection and was a second team all-state underclass choice as a defensive back. He had 37 tackles and an interception for the Apaches and also had 38 receptions for 571 yards.

Academically, Walker said he had a 2.8 GPA and will be taking the SAT in the fall.

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