For a period of time in the spring, it looked like three-star defensive tackle Hardreck Walker (Houston/Westfield) was going to commit to Texas A&M.
It didn’t happen in April, but Walker now has the Aggies’ July starting off on the right foot. Walker verbally committed to Texas A&M on Sunday night on KPRC-TV Houston.
"I love Coach [Kevin] Sumlin. I feel like he has the program headed in the right direction," Walker told host Randy McIlvoy. "(They) just jumped to the SEC; it's going to be big for them. I feel like I can help them bring back the Wrecking Crew."
Walker said less than two weeks ago that he wanted to make all of his official visits before making a decision. However, sensing that his recruitment could become a distraction for he and Houston Westfield during the season, he decided to accelerate the process.
Walker, who is 6-foot-2 and 281 pounds, is ranked No. 40 at defensive tackle. He was down to the Aggies, Texas Tech, Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Northwestern.
He said earlier in the week what he liked the most about the Aggies was their proximity to his home. He has also developed a strong relationship with Texas A&M defensive line coach Terry Price.
“I was looking at the coaches,” Walker said. “I feel like the coaches are headed in the right direction.
"With the team, I looked at whether they were a family or just in some cliques. I wanted everybody to be unselfish on the team.”
Walker said Texas A&M's reputation for academics was another factor in his decision to commit.
“Education-wise, I want to graduate with a master’s degree,” said Walker, who is looking to pursue a degree in civil engineering. “I want people to say I knew what I was doing because graduated with a good degree.”
With the decision out of the way, Walker can focus on his senior season. But things could change after his senior season. Walker said if he felt he needed to make official visits after the season, that’s exactly what he is going to do. However, he said he is very comfortable with the Aggies.
Walker is the 23rd commit for Texas A&M’s 2013 class and the third at defensive tackle.
Midlands Recruiting Coordinator Damon Sayles and RecruitingNation reporter Sam Khan Jr. contributed to this story.