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Chris Walker commit: What does it mean for Nebraska?

Nebraska picked up commit No. 17 on Monday from Lincoln (Neb.) East offensive lineman Chris Walker. The 6-foot-6, 270 pound Walker becomes the fourth in-state commit in the class of 2017 recruiting class.

What does Walker's commitment mean to the Huskers going forward? Here are a few early takes on the Walker commitment.

Offensive lineman Chris Walker gives Nebraska a much needed tackle body in their 2017 recruiting class.
Offensive lineman Chris Walker gives Nebraska a much needed tackle body in their 2017 recruiting class.

10 takeaways on commit No. 17 OL Chris Walker 

1. Walker's commitment sends a message that head coach Mike Riley is not overlooking the in-state. Nebraska's late offers to Walker and Bellevue West running back Jaylin Bradley show that Riley is all about rewarding in-state players that are worthy of an offer after this senior season.

2. By adding Walker, the Huskers get a much needed tackle body. After striking out at the US Army All-American Bowl, Walker gives the Big Red an athletic tackle with the upside and worth ethic to develop into a great player.

3. It's been a long time since the state of Nebraska has produced an offensive tackle that the Huskers have offered out of high school. The last offensive tackle NU offered was Hastings St. Cecilia's Zach Sterup in 2011 and Lincoln Southeast's Jake Cotton in 2010.

Chris Walker will also wear No. 55 at Nebraska in honor of his life long family friend and mentor former Husker DL Bill Janssen (1969-72).
Chris Walker will also wear No. 55 at Nebraska in honor of his life long family friend and mentor former Husker DL Bill Janssen (1969-72).

4. This is now the second year in a row Nebraska's staff has taken away a top in-state recruit from Craig Bohl and Wyoming. Last year NU offered tight end David Engelhaupt days before signing day.

5. Walker was already told by the coaching staff this weekend he can wear No. 55 at Nebraska. Walker wears the number in honor of his life long family friend and mentor Bill Janssen, who wore No. 55 on the 1970 and 1971 national championship teams. When Walker committed to the Huskers he and his father David called Janssen immediately and shared the news with him.

6. If Walker's commit shows us anything about in-state players, a lot can happen from your junior to senior year. Walker really developed and turned himself into a different player. When looking at in-state talent, it's important to keep guys like Walker on the radar all throughout their senior season and monitor their development.

7. Commits typically come in runs and it appears the commitment of Walker and four-star wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey is the start of a potentially strong close to this 2017 recruiting class.

8. Nebraska commit breakdown  

1/16 - Chris Walker - OL - 6-6, 270 - Lincoln, NE - 2 Stars

1/14 - Tyjon Lindsey- WR - 5-9, 175 - Las Vegas, NV- 4 Stars

1/5 - Jaylin Bradley - RB - 6-0, 185 - Bellevue, NE - 3 Stars

12/25 - Andrew Ward - LB - 6-2, 215 - Muskegon, MI - 3 Stars

9/17 - Dieontae Watts - DT - 6-3, 305 - Plano, TX - 3 Stars

8/8 - Guy Thomas - DE - 6-3, 205 - Miami, FL - 4 Stars

7/31 - Ben Miles - FB - 6-1, 215 - Baton Rouge,LA - 3 Stars

6/17 - Broc Bando - OL - 6-4, 280 - Lincoln, NE - 3 Stars

5/15 - Matt Sichterman - OL - 6-5, 270 - King Mills, OH - 3 Stars

4/30 - Deontre Thomas - DT - 6-2, 260 - Mustang, OK - 3 Stars

4/21 - Avery Roberts - LB - 6-1, 215 - Wilmington, DE - 4 Stars

4/16 - Brenden Jaimes - OL - 6-6, 260 - Austin, TX - 3 Stars

4/15 - Austin Allen - TE - 6-8, 230 - Aurora, NE - 3 Stars

4/5 - Tristan Gebbia - QB - 6-3, 180 - Calabasas, CA - 4 Stars

3/23 - Keyshawn Johnson Jr. - WR - 6-1, 195 - Calabasas, CA - 4 Stars

3/12 - Javeon McQuitty - WR - 6-2, 190 - Columbia, MO - 4 Stars

3/10 - Willie Hampton - LB - 6-2, 220 - Plantation, FL - 3 Stars

9. Commits by position 

1 - Quarterback

2 - Running back/fullback

3 - Wide receiver

1 - Tight end

4 - Offensive linemen

2 - Defensive tackle

1 - Defensive end

3 - Linebacker

0 - Safety

0 - Cornerback

0 - Special teams

10. Where are they from? 

4 - Nebraska (OL Broc Bando counts towards Nebraska)

2 - California

2 - Florida

2 - Texas

1 - Delaware

1 - Louisiana

1 - Michigan

1 - Missouri

1 - Nevada

1 - Ohio

1 - Oklahoma

Walker was accompanied on his visit to Nebraska this weekend by his father David.
Walker was accompanied on his visit to Nebraska this weekend by his father David.