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Walker said he'll sign with UCLA

Kenneth Walker (Richmond, Calif./Kennedy) committed over the summer to Cal but recently re-opened his recruitment. Tuesday night, the athlete said he’ll be signing with UCLA.

Walker took visits to UCLA and Washington over the last two weeks and appeared to be leaning to the Huskies Monday morning. After thinking things over a little more, the receiver said he felt like UCLA was the best fit.

“There was a lot of reasons why I liked UCLA,” Walker said. “First off, academically, UCLA is very strong and has a great plan for me. I know football can come and go but the academics at UCLA put them over the top. I love the coaching staff and I trust them. That staff has a lot of NFL experience and I think they’ll be able to prepare me for the next level.

“I also liked UCLA’s alumni support for after football. I know you can’t play forever and like I said, a degree from UCLA is a big thing. Football wise, all three schools are very good but this wasn’t about football as much as just me being comfortable. I think no matter where you go, as long as you work hard, you can be successful and that’s what I plan to do. I’m comfortable with these coaches and they’re going to help me get to where I need to be.”

Walker said the past few days were incredibly stressful for him.

“This was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to go through,” Walker said. “I ended up locking myself in my room all day and took out every letter and hat that I had. I just stared at them and started writing down the pros and cons of each school. Once I did, I finally felt a peace about thing and UCLA was the school that came out on top.

“Location played a role too. My family wanted to be able to see me play but they would have supported me no matter where I went. I think UCLA is a great fresh start for me and I’m excited about the class coming in and the the impact I could have. I feel so relieved right now that this is over, I can’t even tell you. Tomorrow is going to be a lot of fun and I’m thrilled to be a Bruin.”