HOUSTON -- Houston Westfield defensive tackle Hardreck Walker remembers seeing his former high school teammate, Desmond Jackson, go through the All-American game experience. It was something he wanted to experience for himself.
The 6-foot-2, 281-pound three-star prospect is getting that opportunity now, participating in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl festivities this week, leading up to Sunday's game at Reliant Stadium.
"I just am looking forward to comparing myself to some of the top talent in the country and just getting to know different people," said Walker, a Texas A&M commitment. "I was real excited to get invited. All my high school career I got to see Desmond Jackson go to an All-American game. I said, 'I want to be there. I want to do that.' Being here is just amazing."
Walker, the 47th-ranked defensive tackle in the country, committed to the Aggies on July 1. He will be taking his official visit in January, though he said the date isn't yet finalized. His commitment to the Aggies is solid, he said.
"A&M is pretty much set in stone," Walker said.
That's important to note because he said he is considering taking an official visit to Northwestern.
"I promised one of my teachers that I'd take a trip to Northwestern," Walker said. "She's been there for me since I was a freshman, kind of helping guide me along the way. It was one of her things that she wanted me to go to Northwestern, so I promised her I'd take a visit."
Walker, whose senior season made him one of 10 finalists for the Houston Touchdown Club's Defensive Player of the Year award, said he hasn't been in touch with Northwestern coaches in awhile so he's unsure if it will happen.
"I haven't talked to them in awhile," Walker said. "I need to call them and see if I can take that visit just to make her happy."
Even so, he said he doesn't expect it to affect his status with the Aggies. He said he hasn't been taking calls from other schools that may still be interested in him.
"I don't really answer my phone too much anymore," Walker said. "I don't really get too many calls."
As for the Aggies, he was impressed by what he saw from them defensively during their 10-2 season.
"The defense actually shocked me," Walker said. "I didn't know that they would do that well in the SEC. I knew they'd bring it together, but they showed me a lot."