December 14, 2010

Walker still favors Buckeyes

An official visit to Ohio State over the weekend did little to change the way Aundrey Walker feels about the Buckeyes.

The 6-foot-5, 355-pound tackle from Glenville High School in Cleveland still favors Ohio State, but Michigan State is right on the Buckeyes' heels.

"They're always going to be my favorite," Walker said of the Buckeyes. "Right now it's between Michigan State and OSU. It's going to be a tough decision, a real hard decision; one of the hardest decisions in my life. In the end I'll just choose school that is best for me for the next four or five years."

Walker doesn't plan to make that decision any time soon.

His official visit to Columbus was delayed by a day because he took the ACT exam Saturday morning. He traveled to Ohio State later that day and he and his aunt arrived on campus about 8:30 p.m.

From there he spent the evening with several current Buckeyes and a handful of other visiting recruits.

"I chilled with Marcus Hall and Christian Bryant and some recruits," Walker said. "It was cool. We just chilled, kicked back and got to know everybody. We were having a good time."

The visit was a mini reunion since Walker met up with so many former Glenville teammates.

"It was really just like the same as playing at Glenville," he said. "We talked and played some video games and had fun."

Things picked up on Sunday when Walker attended Ohio State's basketball game, an 85-60 win over Western Carolina, and had dinner at Eddie George's restaurant near campus.

"The food was good," he said of the former Buckeyes' eatery. "After that I went back to the hotel and crashed."

Because he arrived late on Saturday, Walker's visit carried over into Monday. He met with the coaching staff, primarily offensive line coach Jim Bollman and head coach Jim Tressel, and several academic counselors before heading back to Cleveland.

"Me and coach Boll's chopped it up and me and Tress. We had a great time," he said. "They basically asked what was most important to me and what I'm looking for in a college."

Walker said he has developed quite a relationship with the Ohio State coaches.

"I can look at them as my next level coaches for me," he said. "They're real cool."

Up next for Walker is a trip to San Antonio, Texas to participate in the US Army All-American Bowl. He departs on Jan. 2 and is looking forward to representing himself and his family.

"I just want to leave there with a great experience," he said. "I'm going to try to go down there to start and represent my school, my community and myself; basically it's all for my family."



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