When Oregon LB coach Don Pellum visited junior college LB Joe Walker (Wilmington, Calif./Harbor College) last week, it was quickly evident that the official visit they scheduled would lead to a scholarship offer. When the 6-foot-3, 230-pound LB showed up in Eugene this past weekend, he was blown away by what he saw.
"The facilities were great and the campus was amazing" Walker said. "Everything about the town and the school was great."
Walker had previously visited Texas A&M, Syracuse and Duke, but Oregon was on a whole different level for Walker. After seeing what Eugene and the Ducks had to offer, an offer was all that stood in the way of Walker making the call to end his recruitment.
The way it played out, Walker didn't have to wait long as he was extended an offer before leaving the Oregon campus.
'It was awesome to get that offer," Walker said. "It's a great opportunity for me. There are some guys leaving that will give me the chance to compete for a spot right away."
Walker plans to sign with the Ducks on junior college signing day on Dec.19 and will enroll in school starting in January. Rodney Hardrick and Anthony Wallace return in 2013 and while Hardrick has shown flashes, neither has separated themselves as a sure thing to be a starter in 2013.
Walker plays an aggressive style that allows him to find the ball and make a play. His athleticism will fit right into the Ducks' style of play and by enrolling in January, he will be able to integrate himself into the program before fall camp begins in August.
Walker is the second LB commit -- 11th overall -- for the Ducks in the Class of 2013. The Ducks are still looking to add one or two more linebackers in the class. With Walker's commitment, the competition for the remaining spots is heating up. ATH Danny Mattingly (Spokane, Wash./Mead) will visit Eugene this weekend and could possibly wind up as a member of the Ducks' class with a good visit to Eugene.