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Kevan Walker

The coaching search at UCLA is into its third week, and Arcadia (Calif.) receiver Kevan Walker, a commit to the Bruins, has an up-close view of the situation, with his father, DeWayne, the interim coach for the Bruins, a candidate for the job. Walker talks about his official visit and how the situation is playing out...

Arcadia (Calif.) athlete Kevan Walker has had a front row seat to the coaching search at UCLA, with his father, DeWayne, serving as the interim coach for the Bruins and also having interviewed for the head coaching position.

But when Walker took his trip to UCLA this past weekend, he treated it, and was treated, just like one of the other committed players on the visit.

"It was a cool trip even though I've been there so many times," said Walker. "I'd seen a lot of things before, but this was more about the academic side of things for me. My mom was able to come on the trip too."

Walker has been a frequent visitor to UCLA since his dad came on staff, and he said the players treated him like one of the guys.

"Osaar Rasshan was my host and we just hung out with all of the other players and recruits," said Walker. "It was cool to just be another recruit during the trip."

Walker said that some of the recruits and their families were trying to pry some information from him on the coaching situation, but he had a good, honest answer.

"I told them I really don't know what's going on, because I really don't," said Walker. "So they kind of left it alone."

Walker did say that he's been keeping a close watch on the coaching search, for obvious reasons, and he is pulling for his father to receive the position, but said he has tried to stay out of it when talking with him.

"I know he'd love to be the head coach, and he's worked hard to be a head coach, but he's more worried about coaching the team for the Las Vegas Bowl," said Walker.

Walker said he spoke only briefly with his father on the visit, and it was in a recruit/coaching way, and that most of his time was spent with receivers coach Eric Scott.

"I know EScott really well and he was just talking with me and telling me that I need to stick with UCLA," said Walker. "He had a meeting with me, Nelson (Rosario), Jerry (Johnson) and Antwon (Moutra), all the receivers, and we talked about what kind of impact we could make."

So as Walker keeps watching the coaching search, he's staying committed to UCLA, but he is keeping his options open.

"I'm going to take a visit to Oregon State in January and one to Arizona in January," said Walker. "Utah has offered me, but I don't think I'm going to take a visit there."

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