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December 30, 2012Nebraska picked up their 17th commitment of the class of 2013 today in Orlando (Fla.) Evans wide receiver Dominic Walker.
The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Walker had originally planned on making his commitment official during tonight's Offense-Defense All-American Bowl game but the cat was let out of the bag earlier today by the Orlando Sentinel.
Walker informed HuskerOnline.com of his decision and announcement plans earlier this week and he said he couldn't be happier with his choice.
"I've committed to Nebraska," Walker said. "Nebraska just has everything. With their fans and support, they always have sold out crowds at their games. The whole state just loves their football players. They have a great coaching staff. It was just everything; I've kind of known that was the place for me since I saw everything on my official visit."
Walker said that he informed the coaching staff of his decision about three weeks ago during an in-home visit and the coaches were ecstatic with his decision to become a Husker. His relationship with wide receivers coach Rich Fisher and offensive coordinator Tim Beck helped seal the deal for the Big Red.
"They were real fired up when I committed to them," Walker said. "They said that I made their day, I made their year. "I have a great relationship with coach Fisher and with coach Beck. With coach Fisher, I just feel like I can relate with him. We talk a lot and we're real close."
Coach Fisher has told Walker that he has big plans for the talented receiver once he gets to campus.
"Coach Fisher has talked about using me as an outside receiver and maybe even some slot, but mainly on the outside," Walker said. "They have plans to get me the ball through the air, maybe on some reverses, and they've talked about maybe doing some returns."
Since Walker committed to the Huskers over three weeks ago there have been some new schools offer Walker. While he admits he may entertain taking some visits, it won't be for anything other reason than to have some new experiences.
"Now that I've committed to Nebraska, I'm 100-percent going to go to Nebraska," Walker said. "I might take a couple visits but if I do it will just be for fun. I might want to check out and explore a couple states that I've never been to before. It's not an issue about me looking around, if I weren't committed to Nebraska I'd be looking at in-state schools but I'm committed to Nebraska and might just take other visits for fun."
Walker's commitment to Nebraska give the Huskers two receivers in this class and the coaches have told him that they'd like to get one more to round things out. Walker said he's familiar with one of the remaining targets, James Clark from New Smyrna Beach, Fla.
"I know Nebraska's looking at James Clark to be a slot receiver," Walker said. "I know James, we have some mutual friends and we talk on twitter and stuff like that. We're cool; he's a really good player. He's fast and he can do his thing out there."
From all accounts Walker has had an outstanding week of practice in Houston, Texas for the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl game. He feels like he's proven to be one of the top players in the game as well as one of the leaders among the players in attendance.
"I've been having a great week of practice down here," Walker said. "I'm just doing what I'm supposed to do and catching everything that comes my way. I'm trying to be a leader, anytime they need someone to run a route I'll be the first one in the group. Or if we're doing drills I'm always the first guy. It doesn't matter what they want me to do, receiver to long snapper, I'll do whatever I can to help."