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Sunday, February 17, 2013
SMU lands another Houston Lamar player

By Damon Sayles

Consider it the Lamar pipeline.

Houston Lamar and SMU have built a strong relationship in previous months, and the Mustangs signed two Lamar players on Feb. 6 in defensive end Zelt Minor and Cedric Lancaster.

Saturday afternoon, the Mustangs got a 2014 commitment in Lamar quarterback Darrell Colbert Jr. Confirmed on Sunday, SMU picked up a commitment from 2014 receiver Shelby Walker, Colbert’s favorite target.

Walker officially committed to the Mustangs late Saturday evening, but the 6-foot, 165-pound receiver made the news public on Sunday. Walker became SMU’s third commitment of the 2014 recruiting class and, more importantly, will join his teammates on the college level.

“It’s a good chance to get to play with your teammates again,” Walker said. “I’m real good friends with Ced and Zelt, and they talked about how much they liked it. When we get there as freshmen, we’ll know how things operate. It’s a great opportunity for us.”

Walker visited SMU during Saturday’s junior day and liked everything about the campus, from the academic reputation to the football program and the coaching staff. Walker was recruited by SMU assistant coach Jason Phillips, who has been instrumental in recruiting the Houston area for several years.

“First of all, they offered me as a sophomore; they hadn’t seen me at the varsity level,” said Walker, who showed his worth at a camp. “I was shocked they offered, but that went a long way with me.

“My dad and I went up there, and we liked the campus. My dad got to talk to June Jones. I talked to Coach Phillips. For him to offer, that says a lot about the potential you have. I respect that a lot about him. He’s a good guy, a class act.”

Walker finished the 2012 season with 27 catches, 522 yards and seven touchdowns at the receiver spot. Walker, who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.48 seconds, had Tulsa and Houston offers, as well as interest from Boise State, Cal and North Texas.