ARLINGTON, Texas – Trevor Walker (Arlington, Texas/Mansfield Timberview) is headed to Washington state after all.
But this time it's Seattle, not Pullman.
In a ceremony at the Timberview Performing Arts Center, Walker announced in front of family, friends and peers that he will take his talents to Washington. The three-star safety, once committed to Washington State, chose the Huskies over offers from Vanderbilt and Ole Miss. Kansas State, Arkansas and Boise State also were on the outside looking in.
Walker became the Huskies’ 21st commitment of the 2013 recruiting class. He ultimately chose Washington over 26 other offers.
“The bottom line, they’ve got the No. 5 business school in the country,” said Walker, a 6-foot, 190-pound safety. “Looking at my offer list, no other school around Dallas, Texas, offered, so I might as well go to school that has what I want to do.
“Not only do they have a great business school, but they are a team competing for a Pac-12 championship. When you combine that together, there’s not too many schools like that.”
Walker was recruited by defensive backs coach Keith Heyward, who doesn’t necessarily recruit the Texas area but made it a priority to go after Walker. It was that dedication that seemed to win Walker and his father, Chris, over.
Walker took an official visit to the campus last weekend, and the experience sealed the deal.
“We were real happy with them,” Chris Walker said. “We had the chance to really shop around and get in the process and do our due diligence. We realized this was actually the best fit for him.
“It was kind of disappointing at first with him not having too many in-state options, but at the end of day, we know God does things for a reason. Had that happened, we might not have ever had a chance to see Washington. When we got there, it was like a glove in the hand. It was perfect.”
Chris Walker called Heyward “the best recruiting ever,” primarily because of the bond they built. Washington, in return, will get a safety that can cover in the slot or can defend in one-on-one situations. He’s a physical player who built a reputation as a playmaker.
Walker was hosted on his visit by two solid freshman defensive backs in Shaq Thompson and Cleveland Wallace. Hanging with them helped Walker realize the Huskies have a chance to do big things in the Pac-12 for years to come.
“They’re some cool dudes,” Walker said of Thompson and Wallace. “I got a lot of time to chill with them. I felt like I fit in easily there, and that’s what I liked the most. You’d think someone like Shaq Thompson would have a little cocky side, but he’s real cool. He’s one of the top safeties in the country, but he’s just a laid-back dude.”