Oregon lands JUCO linebacker

LB Joe Walker

Oregon has a commitment from Los Angels (Calif.) L.A Harbor linebacker Joe Walker. Walker visited the Ducks this weekend and committed on Sunday

Joe Walker is a very intriguing kid with a ton of upside to him. He played running back in high school for Palos Verdes (Calif.) but was injured and missed part of the season. He ended up grey-shirting his first year at L.A. Harbor because of the injury last year before moving to linebacker this past season.

The move paid off in a big way as Walker quickly became one of the top linebackers in the area. He visited Duke last month and took official visits the past two weeks to Texas A&M and Syracuse. The Ducks came in for a home visit last Thursday and once offered, it seemed like only a matter of time before Walker jumped on it.

"Coach Pellum came in on Thursday and that was a great visit," Walker said. "He talked a lot about the school and how well I would fit in. They offered me but with Oregon, they like to make the offers official when you actually get on campus.

"My visit was incredible and I really liked it there. The facilities are incredible and I really like the coaching staff. I fit in well with the defense and I think I can come in and make an impact there. I was comfortable with the players and the whole environment was just a great overall fit."

Walker said he knew he wanted to commit even before he visited but waited until he met with Coach Kelly and Pellum Sunday morning.

"I had a meeting with both coaches and they asked what I was thinking," Walker said. "That's when I said I wanted to be a Duck and committed. I was very excited and I'm thrilled to have the process behind me now.

"I had some great schools looking at me and I'm just thankful for the opportunity. Oregon is an awesome school and to have the opportunity to play there is a great feeling. I'm shutting things down and I won't be taking any other official visits. I'm 100% locked in to Oregon right now."

Walker will transfer in the Spring and will have four years to play three for the Ducks.

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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