- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
For Anthony Walker (Miami/Monsignor Edward Pace), the decision was simple. He was looking for a place he could get a great education and play football. For him, that is Northwestern.
“I looked at the Ivy League type academics,” the Wildcats’ newest commitment said, “and you get a chance to play football. You can’t beat that opportunity.”
Bowling Green, Buffalo, FAU, FIU, Minnesota, Navy and Purdue also offered, but none offered the kind of opportunity Northwestern did. When Walker picked up his offer from the Wildcats, they immediately jumped to the top of his list.
“I want to go in sports administration -- the business side of it – go to law school, become a sports agent,” he said. “Coach Fitz [Pat Fitzgerald] told me I have the opportunity to intern in a great city with the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bulls. It’ll be a great opportunity for me.”
A three-star outside linebacker with 4.48 speed, the Northwestern staff envisions Walker as a player who will rarely have to come off the field.
“They always keep two linebackers on the field and feel like I’m a good, athletic linebacker and won’t have to come out of the game,” Walker said. “… They said they like my lateral movement, the way I fly to the ball. Also my ball skills and said it’s hard to find a linebacker with ball skills. They like I play wide receiver as well, shows my versatility.”
The 6-foot-1, 207-pound rising senior is No. 64 nationally among outside linebackers. He is the Wildcats’ 14th commitment and first linebacker pledge in the 2013 class.
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