Traverse City Record-Eagle

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June 27, 2013

Six camps, seven days, three college scholarships

TRAVERSE CITY — Six camps in seven days netted Harbor Springs running back-defensive end David Walker three college scholarship offers.

After deliberating a couple days, and having one option taken off the table, Walker reached a decision with a verbal commitment to Western Michigan and new head coach P.J. Fleck.

“I really like the coaches, the whole feel they’ve brought to the program,” Walker said. “It really feels like it’s going in the right direction there and I have a opportunity to be part of something great.”

The Broncos, along with Ball State, offered the 6-foot-3, 227-pound Walker as an H-back, a slot-tight end position. Central Michigan offered the 16-year-old senior as a defensive end.

“I think I fit in well at that (H back) position,” Walker said.

Walker impressed coaches with his size, athleticism and offensive ball skills, his father and coach Rob Walker said. David Walker runs a 4.65 in the 40.

“Everybody is looking at the Patriots and what they’re doing with two and three tight ends,” Rob Walker said. “It’s all a match-up game. Everybody is looking for that combination (size, athleticism and skill), that hybrid type of player.”

Walkers’ camp circuit included stops at Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Ball State, Purdue, Indiana and Michigan State.

“We had five scheduled,” Rob Walker said. “We were going to stop after Indiana, but MSU found us on the road after he had his first couple offers. They said get to East Lansing by noon on Sunday — and bring 70 bucks cash.”

Of the Big Ten schools, Indiana seemed “really interested,” David Walker said. No offer was made at the time, though.

“When I got done with all the camps I analyzed what I had on the table,” David Walker said. “I thought about it for a couple days.”

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