February 4, 2012

Walker visits Tech, visiting OU

Houston (Texas) Westfield defensive tackle and Class of 2013 prospect Hardreck Walker visited Texas Tech this past weekend for the Red Raiders' first junior day of 2012.

It couldn't have gone any better.

"I went up there last week and toured the facilities," Walker, who already holds a Tech scholarship, said. "I got to meet some of the players and they're a real nice bunch of guys. Texas Tech is definitely a place I can see myself playing for in the future."

If Westfield High School doesn't ring a bell, it's the high school of Tech signee Anthony Smith who has played on the defensive line with Walker the past two seasons. Smith and Walker made a great team. Smith uses his speed to make plays while Walker sheds blocks and plugs the middle of the offensive line.

Both players have been recruited by outside receiver coach Tommy Mainord who is in charge of recruiting the Greater Houston Area.

Smith and Walker played on a team that advanced to the fourth round of the 5A Division II Quarterfinals in the Texas high school playoff system.

But with Smith moving on up to the college level, the 2012 football season will be Walker's to control the interior offensive line.

"We're real close," Walker said. "He's been talking and selling me Tech a lot. He said once I got up there and saw Texas Tech I wouldn't want to come back down (to Houston). He talks about how good it is up there. When I got here, I knew what he meant.

"Now that he's gone it's kind of my job and the coaches will put a little more emphasis on me to make plays," Walker said. "That's nice and I'm excited about it. We're bringing back a lot of the players (from last year) so we should still be pretty good."

As mentioned earlier, Walker is one of the best in shedding his block.

"I think I've got good speed off the snap," he said. "I'm pretty good at getting off the block and getting into the backfield. I've got some speed, not Anthony Smith 40-yard speed, but I'm pretty quick."

Walker's lone scholarship offer is from Tech, but other teams have taken notice.

Oklahoma invited Walker to attend their junior day today in Norman, Okla.

"I haven't had any other offers, but I'm heading to Oklahoma," he said. "They've got a nice history, that's for sure. A history of championships and the coaches say they can't wait to see me up there. So I'm going to go up there and see what that's like. I don't really know much about Oklahoma."

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