Schools chasing after WSU verbal Walker

VERBAL COMMITMENTS ARE not binding, and cornerbacks are one of the hardest positions to recruit. So it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise that Southern Cal, California, Temple and others have all made overtures of late to B.T. Walker, one of Washington State's oral pledges. A few days before LOI Day, Walker tells CF.C where things stand.

Walker says he's solid on the Cougs and will sign with Washington State on Wednesday.

"I'm committed to Washington State," said Walker. "Definitely."

That hasn't stopped other college coaches from testing the waters as schools look to lock down their recruiting classes in the final days.

"It's been a whirlwind," said Walker, who is from New Jersey. "I went to Temple and there's a lot of good things out there. A couple other schools have been pushing right now, too."

Namely, Southern Cal and California. The latter fields a quarterback, Steve Levy, who's been good friends with Walker since his prep days.

"And ‘SC, is also pushing because they need a couple corners," said Walker. "But I'm pretty excited with Washington State and I wanted to assure people I'm not de-committing.

"My boy, Ryan Grant, he plays for the Giants and he's been helping me out a lot with the recruiting and everything," said Walker.

WALKER WILL GRADUATE in May from College of the Canyons. He's also been working on getting a tape to Scout for a while now and says he hopes to send it out shortly.

"Washington State definitely got a steal and I'm very proud to be a Cougar," said Walker. "Once you see the tape, you'll see that I'm the best corner."

Spoken like a true lockdown cornerback.

OPPONENTS MOSTLY STAYED on the ground and away from Walker and the formidable Canyons secondary this past season. He ended the season with 13 pass breakups, three interceptions and 25 tackles.

When he announced his verbal to WSU, Walker said the loyalty from the Cougar staff factored heavily into his decision.

"The coaches' loyalty was big," said B.T. Walker (no relation to Mike). "Coach Walker and coach Doba came down to my practice last week and wished me the best of luck and I just thought that was really genuine. And the fact they need me, they need corners. It's just the best opportunity for me to come in and play right away."

The fact Washington State has sent corners Jason David, Marcus Trufant, Lamont Thompson, Karl Paymah and others on to the NFL in recent years also helped sell him on Wazzu.

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