July 26, 2011

Florida wide receiver lands first SEC offer

One phone call shook up a routine Tuesday night for Bobby Walker.

By the time the three-star wide receiver from Fruit Cove (Bartram Trail), Fla., hung up the phone, he was already planning an impromptu trip and acknowledging that his long-term future just might have been impacted.

And he wasn't the least bit upset about it.

Walker, a 6-foot-1, 170-pounder, talked to Ole Miss wide receivers coach Gunter Brewer Tuesday evening.

"Until this point, I hadn't been talking to Ole Miss," Walker said. "They just came on the radar. They said they liked my route-running, my hands and my overall stature. They said they wanted to go ahead and make an offer. They said they wanted to get me down there and get me on a visit and take things from there."

Walker has offers from Florida Atlantic, Illinois, Middle Tennessee and Southern Mississippi. North Carolina State, Miami and Rutgers are also heavily involved. However, Ole Miss' Southeastern Conference affiliation gives the Rebels a strong chance to land Walker's signature.

"It's a tremendous feeling," Walker said. "I've been waiting for this the whole recruiting process and I'm just excited it's here."

Walker acknowledged he doesn't know a lot about Houston Nutt and the Rebels. However, he said he plans to get to Oxford in the next few weeks to change that.

"It has a great tradition football-wise," Walker said. "I haven't had a chance to get down there or look at the school. I watch them every year and I know their style of play.

"My parents and I were just talking about it. We're definitely going to get down there in the next two or three weeks. …I'm just looking for the school that fits me. I like the country feel. That's where I've been from and where I want to be. I want to go where I get along with coaches and where the offense fits me best.

Walker, who plans to major in journalism in college, said he patterns his game after former Miami star and current Indianapolis Colts All-Pro wide receiver Reggie Wayne.

"I definitely feel like my routes are the best thing about me," Walker said. "I take pride in my routes. I think I have good hands and I can make the defender miss. I guess you could say I need to get stronger and a little bigger. "

Walker caught 43 passes for 571 yards and five touchdowns as a junior.

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