- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
California added its first commitment of the Sonny Dykes era on Saturday night when cornerback Cameron Walker (Los Angeles/Loyola) pledged to the Golden Bears.
The 5-foot-11, 180-pound cornerback said he isn't sure what will happen as Dykes fills out his staff, but that wasn't going to sway his decision.
"I'd prefer the DB coach to be coach [Ashley] Ambrose because we've gotten to know each other," Walker said. "But if he isn't there, I'm still going to be a Bear."
Walker took an official visit to Cal earlier this fall and that trip nearly did enough to lock in the four-star cornerback.
"That's when I kind of fell in love with it at first," he said.
But an official visit to Wisconsin in mid-November put the Badgers in the driver's seat. In fact, Walker said he thought to himself after that trip that he would wind up in Madison. But an in-home visit two weeks ago sold Walker completely.
"After my in-home, I was solid on Cal," He said. "I just wanted to wait for my brother to get home to make the announcement, so I could celebrate with my family."
Walker said his family played a role in his decision as they all discussed his possible destinations. But he added that the final call came down to what he felt was best for himself.
He shrugged off the situation with the coaching staff and was able to speak to Dykes for the first time on Sunday morning.
"It's a great feeling," Walker said of being committed. "My future teammates and coaches are happy for me and it's a big weight off my shoulders."