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"