Thursday, October 25, 2012
Aggies land 2014 LB Josh Walker
By Sam Khan Jr.
Texas A&M has landed its second commitment of the 2014 class.
Gilmer (Texas) High School linebacker Josh Walker pledged to the Aggies on Thursday morning, only a couple of weeks after being offered by the Aggies.
He was one of many prospects who attended the Aggies' recent clash against LSU. Growing up as an Aggie fan, Walker, a 6-foot-1, 220-pound outside linebacker, said it just felt like the right fit.
"I've always liked Texas A&M," Walker said Thursday. "I feel like that's a place that I can go in and play. It's close to home."
Walker was recruited by Aggies' offensive line coach B.J. Anderson.
"He's a real cool coach," Walker said. "He reminds me of my coaches here. I didn't feel uncomfortable talking to him. He was just asking me about football, my grades, how I was doing."
Walker also held offers from Oklahoma, Texas and Texas Tech. He said his trip to Aggieland on Saturday was an experience he really enjoyed.
"It was fun," Walker said. "It was loud, very loud. It was my first time going to an SEC game. I enjoyed it."
Walker is the second member of the Aggies' 2014 recruiting class, joining Dallas Skyline cornerback Cedric Collins, an ESPN Watch List member.
He said he first received an offer from the Aggies two weeks ago. He grew up as a Texas A&M fan so he was anxious to make it down to College Station, Texas, for a visit.
"I had never been and people told me that it would be loud," I never really believed them that it would be that crazy. I wanted to go experience it and go visit, because I've always loved A&M. I went and had fun and I really enjoyed it."
Walker said he was looking for location, conference and academics when it came to choosing a school. Being close to home was a plus as was the Aggies' membership in the SEC. He also felt a good connection with the coaching staff, including Anderson.
"The coaches, I've talked to them quite a bit. B.J. came and watched me play," Walker said. "I felt comfortable talking to him. I've always loved A&M. Plus the defense...I want to play on a defense for an SEC team and stayed close to home so my family can come watch me."
Oklahoma was the other team he grew up enjoying in part because his cousin, Justin Johnson, is a former Sooners running back. The Aggies' game against LSU is the only one he said he has attended this year, though he did attend Texas' spring game in March.
For those who haven't seen him on the field, he gave an idea of what he brings to it.
"I'm very aggressive, I love to pass rush," he said. "I don't let anybody block me. I'm everywhere."