Two-Pronged Approach

One of the top cornerbacks in the city of Los Angeles, Loyola HS junior Cameron Walker has not only attracted the attention of Wisconsin's West Coast recruiter Andy Buh, but has some skills that have piqued the curiosity of defensive coordinator Chris Ash.

MADISON - Although distance is not the number one factor in his decision, Cameron Walker thought it would be pretty nice to play closer to home so his friends and his family can attend most of his home games.

The way things have gone the last two seasons and the way pundits are projecting the future, Walker would play one game a year at the Rose Bowl with the University of Wisconsin.

After the Badgers coaching staff met following the end of the spring evaluation period, Walker – a 5-11, 175-pound three-star cornerback from Loyola HS in Los Angeles – was extended his ninth scholarship offer by the two-time Big Ten champions.

"Back-to-back Big Ten champions and two Rose Bowls is really good," Walker told Badger Nation. "I was ecstatic and extremely happy. The one thing I've said about Wisconsin is where the town is located and the atmosphere. I know the fans are great fans and the school is one of the top 10 public schools in the country. Everything about them excited me."

The recruitment of Walker – ranked the No.38 cornerback in the country by – is a two-person job between linebacker coach Andy Buh and defensive coordinator Chris Ash. While Buh was the one to deliver the phone call Wednesday night to tell Walker Wisconsin is offering him, Ash made a trip out to southern California to visit with Walker at his school.

"We had a nice conversation for a little bit after school got out and he was telling me about Wisconsin, what they like about me and about their school," said Walker. "Me and coach Ash got along great. He gave me a good impression about what he could do for me. He seems like a good coach."

Finishing his junior year with 43 tackles, seven pass breakups, 2.5 sacks and two interceptions, Walker's offer list is heavy from schools west of the Rocky Mountains – Arizona State, Boise State, Fresno State, Oregon State, San Diego State and Utah – but has picked up Midwest offers from Cincinnati and Michigan.

"I like that I have options because anywhere is just a blessing," said Walker. "It's nice that I can choose to get away from home or stay at home."

Walker has already visited San Diego State, UCLA and USC and is looking to visit California and Stanford this summer. While both Los Angeles schools have been talking to Walker, neither appears close to extending an offer.

"I talked to both schools a lot early on, but it's kind of slowed a little," said Walker. "Either way, everything will work out."

The decision for Walker won't be rushed. Not planning to narrow his list until August and make his decision until after his official visits, Walker has the mindset to get all the offers and interest on the table before he starts picking and choosing which schools to visit.

"I feel like that if I take my time, I'll get to know a lot more about the schools, take some visits, figure out what I am going to major in and see if the schools has that major," said Walker, who is thinking about either business or sports medicine. "It's also important that I get along with the coaching staff and the players."

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