Inside Leach's first verbal commitment

MIKE LEACH and Washington State offered Trevor Walker out of Arlington, Texas about three weeks ago. The safety prospect had a bunch of other suitors increasingly looking his way as well. But something just set Wazzu apart from the rest, he told CF.C. And the fact they told him he was the No. 1 safety prospect on their recruiting board didn't hurt either.

"I was talking with (other) schools up until I committed... but the other schools I talked to, they has said they wanted me to come down, they wanted me to come to their camp, they wanted to see me this spring and talk more with them. Washington State, they just said they wanted me, they made me feel welcome...Washington State was different compared to other schools, schools that basically said they would check me out later," said Walker.

Walker (6-1, 185, 4.53) out of Mansfield-Timberview High has not been rated by Scout.com and, though his projected position will be changed, he's currently classified as a corner. And Washington State was his first offer.

Stars, shmars, say Walker -- and Leach.

"When WSU recruited me, there's a lot of other people have stars on their page," said Walker. "And (Leach) wasn't worried about any of that. They really liked my film, and they have me right up there with those guys that have the 20 offers.

"They told me they're the No. 1 safety they were looking at."

WALKER SAID after talking at length with area recruiter Eric Morris and Leach, he didn't need any more time to know he had found the right school and coaching staff.

"I found out they were the right place because I love the defense they run," said Walker. "It's basically the same as we run here at Mansfield-Timberview with the 3-4 and safeties rolled down...I also know they only went 4-8 last year. Well, we went 3-7 my sophomore year. And me and my boys had the right attitudes and we went to the state semifinals the next year. We turned it around.

"And I think I'm one of the players that can help turn it around there too. And so does Coach Leach. I lead by example, and we're planning on making a run for a state championship this year. I want to do the same kinds of things at Washington State."

AS A JUNIOR, Walker posted 89 tackles (34 solo) with 17 pass break-ups and five interceptions. One thing defensive coordinator Mike Breske has talked about during spring drills is for the D to better communicate pre-snap. For Walker, no problem there.

'Washington State liked my range, they know I have good football awareness. They liked that I was always around the tackle and that I had the instincts. They also really liked that you could see me before the play really communicating, giving signals and being a leader out on the field," said Walker.

Walker wasn't sure if he'd be able to make a trip up from Arlington to the Palouse this spring or summer, but he'll be keeping close tabs on what's going on in Pullman and he said he can't wait for his official visit later this fall. He also plans on doing a little recruiting from here on out.

"I'm the first commitment for them," said Walker. "I'm ready to come in at Washington State. I want to bring in more talent and help change the program and win football games"

NOTABLE NOTES:
  • Trevor's dad, Chris, picked up the phone this morning. Father and son were at an early morning football camp. "We're serious about football down here in Texas," laughed Chris. He also had two words when asked what it was about WSU that led to the decision. "Mike Leach," he said.

  • Walker becomes one of the earliest verbal commitments in WSU football history. Aaron Dunn was the earliest, pledging right after his sophomore year of high school in July 2008. The next earliest, all of whom committed in the spring of their junior years, were Max Hersey (Feb. 4 of 2010); John Fullington (Feb. 16 of 2009); Max Gama (March 25 of 2010); David Bucannon (April 16 of 2011); Shelton Danzy (April 29 of 2004); Jake Rodgers (April 30 of 2009); and Alex Hamill (May 1 of 2003).

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