Walker Close to Being a Bruin

Norco (Calif.) offensive lineman Brent Walker is on the cusp of giving UCLA his verbal commitment, and he talks about why the Bruins are so high on his list...

Brent Walker, the 6-foot-5, 300-pound three-star offensive guard transplant from Ohio to Norco High School in California, confirms that he's just about ready to pull the trigger and give his verbal commitment to Coach Rick Neuheisel and the UCLA Bruins.

"I'm about 97% there," Walker said. "I'm pretty much ready to commit to UCLA. I guess you'd say they are my strong, strong No. 1. I just don't think I'll find anything better than what UCLA can offer me."

Although Walker denies actually verbally committing the Coach Neuheisel, Scout.com's No.49 offensive guard said that he's been talking with both Coach Neuheisel and Coach (Tim) Hundley daily.

"I talked to the coaches all the time. I actually talked to them yesterday," he said. "I think they have a pretty good idea my commitment is coming."

"I haven't committed yet mainly because of my family," Walker admitted. "My mom wants me to wait to the beginning of the season just in to be 100% sure. I'm not missing out on anything else. I've always wanted to play in the Pac-10 and since I moved from Ohio and my family is out here, I wanted to stay close to them. I really can't see me changing my mind."

Walker said the only school that might get him to take a second look if they offered is cross-town rival USC.

"If I got an offer from USC, I'd probably have to think about that," Walker said. "I've always been interested in USC. But I haven't talked to them for a while so they are really not even a option at all for me."

"I really couldn't ask for a better opportunity than at UCLA," he said. "I'd be coming in at a prefect time. I know they have five seniors on the line right now who will be graduating, which gives me a great chance to get in their early."

Walker has also received offers from Colorado State and Arizona State.

"I was really up on Colorado State for a while," he said. "They were my first offer. But I figured if I wasn't staying in Ohio, UCLA is the best fit for me. It's a great school, great program and I'm still close to home."

Walker reports a 2.8 and will take his SAT in September.

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