Sunday, December 30, 2012
ESPN 300 WR Walker picks Nebraska
By Sam Khan Jr.
HOUSTON -- Ever since he decommitted from Vanderbilt, one team has been at or near the forefront of Dominic Walker's mind, and that school scored the Orlando (Fla.) Evans receiver's commitment on Sunday.
The ESPN 300 receiver announced that he has committed to Nebraska at the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl on Sunday at Reliant Stadium.
Walker remembers well the first time he stepped into Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb. when the Cornhuskers hosted Wisconsin in September while Walker was on his official visit.
"It was crazy, it was amazing," he said. "I've never felt anything like that. I've been to a lot of college games and been to bowl games, but that atmosphere there was crazy."
Walker chose Nebraska over his other finalists, Florida State and Cincinnati. The experience made the four-star receiver feel like Lincoln is a place he can spend the next four years. The No. 238 player in the ESPN 300, Walker was being pursued by the Cornhuskers even while he was committed to Vanderbilt. He committed to Vanderbilt in June and decommitted after the official to Nebraska.
The fact that the Cornhuskers stayed on him meant a lot to him looking back. He was recruited by receivers coach Rich Fisher and offensive coordinator Tim Beck.
"They both are great guys," Walker said. "Coach Beck was the first coach really recruiting me. Then when I took the official, Coach Fisher started recruiting me harder because he knew they had a chance."
Walker maintains that he'll still take visits and won't close his recruiting just yet. He'll listen to other schools up until national signing day. But he said it will be hard for someone to knock Nebraska from the top spot.
"It'll be pretty hard because of the commitment they made to me and the commitment I'm going to try to make to them," Walker said. "I might still take some officials just to see, but I don't think I'm going to decommit from Nebraska unless there's an issue or I decide I want to stay in-state or something like that."
Other potential schools that he'll consider for visits are Pittsburgh and North Carolina State, Walker said.