He's A Travelin' Man

Walker lived in Ventura County before his family moved to North Carolina when he was six years old and still has an aunt, uncle and cousins living in Ventura. So he's already familiar with southern California and USC football.

USC has had success in past years recruiting out-of-state prospects from the East Coast, particularly wide receivers. The Trojans brought Mike Williams in with their 2002 class, Dwayne Jarrett in 2004 and Vidal Hazelton in 2006. This year, USC has sets its sights on Deion Walker (6-3, 185, 4.45) from Christchurch, VA.

Walker lived in Ventura County before his family moved to North Carolina when he was six years old and still has an aunt, uncle and cousins living in Ventura. So he's already familiar with southern California and USC football.

"I lived in California in my younger years, so I grew up watching USC and my dad is a big fan of USC," Walker said. "I like USC and they have a great tradition of winning. Since I've been growing up, they've always been the powerhouse team."

This summer Walker and his father will traverse the country on their way to visit Deion's grandmother in Las Vegas. And on the way, they'll visit a number of colleges.

"I'll visit schools like Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and I'm sure Texas," Walker said. "After our stop in Las Vegas, I'll visit USC, Cal and Oregon."

Visiting a variety of schools will provide Walker the opportunity to gauge his comfort level in various environments and the opportunity to investigate the academic details of each school. Although he just finished his junior year of high school, Walker does have two majors he's interested in.

"I'm thinking about majoring in business or communications," Walker said. "I'm interested in broadcast journalism."

After his summer visits, Walker will narrow his list of schools he's considering down to a manageable number, then figure out which schools he'll officially visit. But he's not narrowing down his list because the recruiting process has worn him down. He said he's actually enjoyed the process, text messages and all.

"I guess things got a bit crazy when the coaches were visiting my school last month," Walker said. "I would wake up and have 10 text messages and by the time I finished replying to them all, I would have about 60 or 70. Things have slowed down since then and get about 30 a day, now. I didn't mind the text messages and I would prefer that the NCAA didn't ban them. It's very easy communicating with coaches and sometimes I'm reminded to call the coaches."

WeAreSC will have a report after Walker's July visit to USC.


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