Deion Walker, the 6-foot-3, 185-pound four-star wide receiver from Christchurch, Va., has over 45 scholarship offers and still denies any favorites. Walker, ranked No. 8 in the East by Scout.com and also as the No. 8 wide receiver nationwide, is nearly complete with his July road trip which saw him visit Penn State, Tennessee, North Carolina State and Maryland earlier in the month.
Recently, Walker visited Michigan (July 23), Notre Dame (July 24) and will visit Nebraska (July 25).
"Michigan was great," Walker said. "I didn’t expect it to be like that. They have crazy athletes there and have an amazing weight room. It's just a great place for football because they are all into it. The whole town follow Michigan football.
"Notre Dame was probably the prettiest place I've seen," he said. "Seeing Touchdown Jesus was really big for me and the whole place actually reminded me of my high school. They are both small, private schools and I like that. They are also losing some receivers and said that they really need someone like me. They like that I'm a big 6-foot-3 type of receiver."
Walker, ranked as the No. 48 best prospect in the nation according to Scout.com, is looking forward to visiting Nebraska on July 25, but admits he doesn't know much about them. "I love that they run a pro-style offense," Walker said. "They've always been a pretty good team and have a great tradition, but I don't really know much else about them. They said they are losing a few receivers too, so I may have a chance to play early."
Another school that Walker says he'd like to have a chance to visit is USC. "I love the tradition there and all of their history," he said. "They always have great wide receivers and know how to use them. They've really stressed to me that they like keeping their wide receivers happy and love getting them the ball.
"I also like the city atmosphere of Los Angeles and I'm not worried about the distance because I used to live in California and still have family in the area. I think they'll probably be in the national championship game again this year. I could see them taking on some SEC team or even Michigan. Michigan is bringing back a lot of players and should be really good."
Walker has already visited practically every school that has offered him, but admits there are a few he's seriously considering visiting again, but this time officially. "I'd love to see Florida State and LSU again," Walker said. "I'd also love to check out Michigan and Notre Dame again too. I'm also probably going to set up a visit to PSU for the Notre Dame game on September 8. I can't take all the official visits I'd like, but these are the main ones I'm thinking about right now."
He visited both the Seminoles and Tigers earlier this summer, as well as the Florida Gators, and was very impressed with each.
"Tallahassee is really upbeat," he said. "I like the area around Florida State a lot. There's just a lot going on there and it's a fun place. I also like coach Bobby Bowden because he's really big on religion and is a great guy in general. He has high hopes for next season. He knows they struggled last year, but I like how they were close in all the games they played. Every game was a dogfight last year and I think they'll be a lot better this year.
"Florida was a cool place too, but Gainesville is a lot more mellow than Tallahassee," Walker said. "The facilities there are amazing and it's a great team. They work out really hard and go 100 percent the whole time. I was really impressed with how great their athletes were."
While at LSU, Walker was able to enjoy a barbecue with the players and socialize a bit. "It was cool to see everyone just hanging out and having fun together," he said. "It really seemed like they have a great relationship with each other and are a tight team."
Walker says he's still hasn't started narrowing down his choices yet, but plans to do so soon.
"I hope to have a top six or seven before my season starts and start setting up some of my visits," Walker said. "I plan to make a pro/con list of all the schools I've seen this summer and just go from there. It's basically gonna come down to environment, coaching staff and the offense and how early I'll be able to play."
He reports a 3.2 core GPA and a 21 ACT.