The Aggies landed a big commitment last October after Josh Walker, the nation's number three linebacker out of Gilmer (Tex.), gave his verbal to the program.
"I knew all along it was where I wanted to go. I was waiting on an offer. I had been offered by Texas and Oklahoma the week before. My coach had me come out and talk to [Aggie head coach Kevin] Sumlin. I had an idea they were going to offer me," he said.
While many athletes sit on offers before making a decision, the 6-foot-1, 225-pound Walker jumped at the opportunity to play for Texas A&M.
"The reason I accepted the scholarship so early is because I knew it was where I wanted to go and I had already been down there. It's a great community, they have great fans, and are an SEC team now. I wanted to play for an SEC team, and they are in Texas. It's close to home, so my mom and dad can watch me play," he said.
Walker's main recruiter throughout the process has been offensive line coach B.J. Anderson, who has introduced the prospect to the defensive staff.
"He had me meet [linebackers coach] Mark Hagen and [defensive coordinator] Mark Snyder during the scrimmage. I got to talk with them and they just told me things they thought I was good at as a player, but we haven't talked about a specific spot or anything like that. It's wherever they put me," he said.
Though he would "love" to play as a true freshman, Walker is ready for whatever the next level may bring.
"If there is something I need to improve on, I get that. I'm going to work hard and fight for that position to play," he said.
Surprisingly, Walker didn't see much action on the defensive side until halfway through the season, instead lining up ar running back.
However, in the time that he did play defense, Walker did enough to impress a number of people.
"Halfway through the season, I was playing more defense and got more time there in practice. I improved on being more physical, my tackling ability, and running to the backside.
"I'm very physical. I have long arms, so I can keep tight ends and linemen from touching me. I tackle well and can play well in the open able. Just about anything you would want from a linebacker," he said.
He was unable to make it to College Station for the Aggies' spring game because he was taking the ACT, but Walker does plan on visiting campus over the summer.
"Coach Anderson came down on one of his spring visits and told me that I was more than welcome to come to camp. I'm going to be down there a lot this summer," he said.
Aside from recruiting, Walker is focused on his final season of high school football.
"I just want to keep improving and watching film. I always watch film on other teams in our district. I'm going to make sure to stay healthy and we have summer workouts up here, so I will be pretty busy," he said.
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