UW goes to Texas for Trevor Walker

The Huskies went into Texas and landed a safety.

The addition of three-star standout Trevor Walker (Arlington, Texas/Mansfield Timberview) provides a prominent piece to Washington’s 2013 recruiting class. But his addition means more than just adding another name to an already impressive list.

Walker announced his decision Friday. When it came time to pick a school, he selected UW over Vanderbilt and Ole Miss. He had more than 25 offers, but he chose to play college football in Seattle, one week after taking his official visit.

His verbal commitment shows the Huskies are starting to spread their brand nationally. They have had little trouble catching the attention of nationally rated recruits like cornerback Jalen Ramsey (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood Academy) and linebacker Reuben Foster (Auburn, Ala./Auburn), but Walker’s commitment gets the Huskies’ foot in the door in Texas.

The 5-foot-11, 190-pound senior becomes the 21st member of Washington’s current class. As the program fills its final few spots in 2013, the Huskies continue to address key needs.

Last week, they landed under-the-radar linebacker Azeem Victor (Pomona, Calif./Pomona), as the coaching staff continues to push for defensive standouts. Walker’s addition continues that trend.

Known for being a hard hitter with good speed and instincts, Walker is the first safety -- the second defensive back -- to commit to this class.

But while his talent makes him a valuable addition, his decision also becomes another selling point for Washington’s recruiters. He is a player they can point to when trying to convince recruits to leave their comfort zone.

He becomes the second prospect from Texas to commit to this class, joining defensive end Daeshon Hall (Lancaster, Texas/Lancaster). But Hall grew up in Seattle. He had a prior connection to the city.

Washington hasn’t been known to land recruits from Texas. When looking at the two Division I schools in the state, Washington State would seem to have more ties to Texas, because of Mike Leach’s time at Texas Tech.

In fact, Walker’s original commitment was to Washington State. At the time, it was his only offer. After interest picked up and he had time to explore his options, the Cougars’ cross-state rivals ended up being a better fit.

The Huskies have shown they want to compete for the top recruits in their home state. They want to go head-to-head with USC and UCLA for the best prospects in California. Now, they want establish a foothold in Texas and the South.

Walker’s addition is a sign of progress. It is further proof the program is moving in the right direction.