April 5, 2007

Highly rated WR visits Clemson Thursday

Christchurch (VA) Christchurch School's Deion Walker, one of the nation's premiere wide receiver recruits, spent Thursday in Clemson on an unofficial visit.

"My dad, Art Walker, and I got in around 11:30 this morning and left just after 3 p.m.," Walker told Tigerillustrated.com. "First off, we sat in a team meeting with the coaches. Then, (running backs) coach (Andre') Powell took us on a tour of the campus. We hit up the West End Zone and to see their amazing locker rooms. We even walked on the field (at Death Valley) for a while, too, which was cool."

This was the second time the 6-foot-4, 186-pound standout has made the trek to Tiger Town in the past year. How did the trip go and what did it all entail?

"Man, everything went real well," he detailed. "I was here for the Spring Game last year and toured Vickery Hall then, so we didn't do that this time. We went to lunch at Chili's with coach Powell. We watched a highlight video of last season. It was a good day."

The best part for the star pass-catcher was meeting all of the coaches.

Powell - "He's an energetic guy and easy to talk to."

Tight ends coach Billy Napier - "He's young and easy to relate with. He's straight-forward and I really like him."

Wide Receivers coach Dabo Swinney - "He's straight-forward and tells it like it is."

Head coach Tommy Bowden - "He's a smooth guy. I really enjoyed meeting him - that was the best part for me. I wish I could've met the defensive backs coach (Vic Koenning) but he was in a meeting. Clemson isn't sure what I'd play for them - offense or defense."

After visit number two, what does Walker think of Clemson now?

"The biggest thing that stands out to me is the relationship I have with the coaches, which is the most important thing for me," the receiver said. "Anywhere you go the social life will be fine - I don't think you'll struggle finding parties at any college. But the relationship you have with the coaches is what sets places apart."

What's next?

"I've been to Virginia, Clemson, Maryland, Tennessee and Penn State," the athlete listed. "I'm planning to head up to Notre Dame on April 21st for their Spring Game. Other than that, I'm not really sure. I might stop by Virginia Tech sometime soon. I also might head out west to see Colorado and USC, too."

Who is he favoring among his 24 offers?

"Every time I try and make a Top 7 of 8 I get a new offer," the recruit indicated. "My newest offers are from Tennessee, Michigan State and USC. I'm going to try and get a Top 7 by May 15th or so, but as of now, everyone's even."

Walker was in touch with another Tiger recruit during his visit.

"Actually I sent a text to Kyle (Long) during my visit, me and him are friends and he's an animal on the field," the touted prospect said.

He caught 44 balls for 730 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior, and added 31 tackles, eight interceptions and nine pass deflections while on defense.

In addition to football, Walker also plays basketball and runs track at Christchurch. He attended the Asheville (NC), the alma mater of Tiger star cornerback Crezdon Butler, as a freshman and sophomore and won back-to-back NCSAA state titles in the triple jump.

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