RECRUITING: Reggie Walker has WSU offer

THIS RECRUITING CLASS, Washington State is decidedly in the market for linebackers. One who has captured their fancy is <b>Reggie Walker</b>. The Sacramento standout, closing in on double-digit scholarship offers, updated on his recruiting status.

The Cougs would like to take three or four linebackers in their 2005 class -- guys who tackle with their faces and can make an impact on special teams.

Reggie Walker, out of Sacramento's Grant High is a big-hitting, versatile 'backer who fits the bill.

He holds eight offers, including one from Washington State.

In addition to the Cougs, the 6-2, 225-pound Walker counts scholarship offers from Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Kansas State, Fresno State, Colorado State and UNLV. Arizona State, Arizona and Cal are all showing increased interest. He said all schools are recruiting him fairly hard but one in particular is really filling up his mailbox.

"I think the hardest would probably have to be Fresno State, they send me 7-8 letters a day," said Walker. "I'm getting a lot of interest from (nearly) all the Pac-10 schools and then Colorado State and Kansas State."

Is there a favorite among the bunch?

"No, not really," said Walker, who has fully qualified academically.

The Sacramento product has two visits set up, Kansas State for Dec. 10, and then Fresno State on Dec 17, although he said he might end up taking an unofficial trip to Fresno. In the state of Washington, it appears the Huskies rather than the Cougars could be in line for a visit.

"I want to set up an official to Arizona State and then I'd maybe go to Washington over Washington State because CJ Wallace, he went to my high school and we're pretty good friends. I'd like to set up one for Cal too.. but I don't know how hard Cal's recruiting me right now."

Walker is open to either a college town or city-type atmosphere, although he doesn't want "too big" of a city. Walker plans on taking all five of his official visits but that's also not set in stone.

"I definitely want to take all five trips. But if I go on a trip and feel that's the right place for me, then I'd commit right then."

WITH 105 TACKLES, eight sacks, 21 tackles for loss and five forced fumbles, Walker put together a solid senior season for the Pacers. With teammate Syd'Quan Thompson, Grant rolled through the regular season at 9-1 but was upset in the first round of the playoffs.

"It went good until the end," he said with a laugh.

After his junior year when he tallied 144 sticks on defense, teams double-teamed and even triple-teamed Walker this season. And when that didn't work, they just ran away from him.

"It was like they would do two or three running plays to my side, I'd shut it down, and then they'd go to the other side the whole entire rest of the game. It made it easier on us but it kind of sucked for me," he said with a laugh.

Walker still found plenty to enjoy during his final season of high school football.

"I love hitting. I love when people use different schemes on offense to try and take me out of the game. And I love it when they try to double team."

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