Cali prospect plans WSU trip

IT'S A GROWING trend in recruiting, for a committed prospect to open his recruitment back up or decommit. Every school has been there, a prospect verbally pledges and is thrilled with his choice. For fans, there is much rejoicing. But then maybe a month, maybe six months later, the prospect isn't as sure. One Pac-12 verbal who looks to have opened things up has WSU and a visit on his radar.

Wide receiver/ATH Jermel Walker (6-1, 175) out of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. verballed to Oregon State in late July but he is also eyeing other schools, including Washington State.

"I committed to Oregon State but I'm still open… My mind is still on Oregon State and they have a bright future -- and I like what they're bringing in and the way the program is headed," said Walker.

Walker has plans to take an official visit to Washington State in October. What has drawn his attention to the Cougs? The same thing that turns every wideout (and offensive player's) head.

"They run that spread and I really like what they do with their receivers," said Walker. "Plus, they're in the Pac-12."

Walker said he talks to the WSU coaches at least once a week.

"They like my speed, that I'm a deep threat and my leadership on and off the field – plus, what I can do with the ball and that I'm explosive," said Walker.

Walker has seven known offers this recruiting cycle including hree Pac-12 schools -- WSU, OSU and Utah, and then Houston, Nevada, Utah State and Minnesota. He is ranked a 3-star receiver prospect and No. 119 in the nation.

WALKER PLANS ON starting his official trips in October, though some will have to wait until after the end of the season. He also plans on visiting Minnesota , Houston and of course the school he verballed to, Oregon State.

"I talk with them all the time. We'll talk about my game, how their game went, about how school is going, all sorts of stuff," said Walker.

Walker racked up 43 catches as a junior, with 920 receiving yards and 8 TDs. Speed, is not something he lacks, saying he's been hand-timed in the 40 at 4.42.

NOTABLE NOTES:
  • WSU will reportedly host linebacker prospect Stephen Van Hook this weekend on an official visit. Van Hook, a 6-2, 215-pound linebacker out of Perris, Calif., posted 12 sacks his junior year in helping to lead Citrus Hill High to a 12-1 record and the Eastern Division semifinals. CF.C has a call into Van Hook, and will continue working the phones this week to other prep & junior college prospects and coaches. Look for more during the week if/as it becomes available and then of course, our customary CF.C Luxury Suites-only recruiting weekend/official visits post on Fridays.

  • Walker has not yet taken his SATs. After he does so, he will become eligible to take official trips, hence then plan for his official visits to begin in October.


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