Walter visits Washington

Tim Walter, a 6-5 275 pound offensive lineman from Loyola High School in Los Angeles, spoke to Kim Grinolds of this afternoon about his visit to Seattle.

Washington has a need on the offensive line with the graduations of Khalif Barnes, Ryan Brooks, and the departure of Erik Berglund last year. Walter is getting a look from Husky coaches as a possible answer to the depth shortage.

He plays both ways on the lines, and deep snaps. "I'll probably play offensive line in college," said Walter. "I have very good footwork and I'm very quick off of the ball. I play fast."

Walter has a self reported 5.1 40 yard dash time and power cleans 295 pounds. He is very athletic, as he also plays soccer and throws the shot and discus for the track team.

Walter currently has two favorites, Colorado State and Washington. He already visited the Rams, and CSU has offered a scholarship. His visit to Seattle was his second trip of his recruiting odyssey that includes two more trips.

In Seattle, he was hosted by Ryan Bush. "It was impressive. The efficiency of the coaches really impressed me. They are so open with you. They speak very well, I was impressed," said Walter.

"Steven Wilks (Husky secondary coach) had visited me at my school and he was very well spoken. I told him that I was impressed, and he told me, ‘Just wait until you meet coach Willingham, he is out of this world.' He was right."

The new Husky head coach stressed the importance of education to Walter and the rest of this weekend's visitors. "Coach Willingham is really into academics. He realizes that football ends, and when that happens, a degree from Washington will mean a lot. He told me that it was something that I should try to achieve," said Walter.

The Husky coaches talked to Walter about a scholarship, which is still an open topic. "They told me that next week they'll have everything straightened out. They are a bit behind because of the late start, but by next week they said they would give me an answer on whether or not a scholarship offer is there," said Walter.

He knows a couple of current Huskies. "I know Erik Lobos from playing against him as a junior. He was tough and never gave up on anything. He caused a fumble when our team played against him. I also know Quintin Daniels."

Walter will visit Northwestern next weekend, San Jose State after that.

"Seattle is a great college town. It's hard to imagine 65,000 season ticket holders. I'd love to be a part of that," said Walter.

"If Washington offers, I'll probably commit." Top Stories