B.T. WALKER has his ticket, his bags are packed and he's leaving on a jet plane. The cornerback is scheduled to touch down in Pullman on Wednesday afternoon. There remains a physical and administrative matters that need to be finalized before he's actually given the green light to take the field, but he told CF.C the biggest obstacle in his path has been cleared and WSU has told him to come on in.
Walker is spending his last night at home in New Jersey Tuesday. He said the release of the transcript from the first college he attended out of high school, Northeastern University in Boston, was being held up until some tuition matters were settled. Walker, who did not play football at Northeastern, said a family member settled the bill, and the transcript was released.
"Great news, I'll be in Pullman tomorrow," said Walker. "My plane gets in (in the afternoon). It was a blessing that he had the money and helped me out."
Walker said he got word today from Washington State to head for Pullman.
"They said I'll need to go through administrative matters, but all my grades are fine, and they gave me the word to come on in," he said.
Walker's eligibility clock began when he attended Northeastern, followed by two junior college seasons so he'll arrive in Pullman Wednesday with 2-to-play-2. He said he's looking forward to renewing his on-field battle with good friend and newly arrived Cougar WR Charles Dillon
Walker and Dillon played their freshman year at Ventura JC before Walker transferred to College of the Canyons this past season. Now they'll be teammates again at Washington State, and figure to go after one another hard during practice, as friends often do.
"I'm real excited, I really can't wait to go at Charles in practice," he laughed.
When Walker will actually take Rogers field for the first time is unknown since there remains the physical and administrative matters, but the fact WSU has told him to travel to Pullman would seemingly indicate it won't be long.
B.T. Walker profile
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