Two of Notre Dame’s top remaining prospects made their college decisions known during the two All Star games on Saturday afternoon. Gerrell Robinson, who was playing safety for the West squad during the Army All American Bowl, picked local Arizona State, but Deion Walker, a five star wide receiver from Virginia, picked the Irish during ESPN’s Under Armour All American game.
Conventional wisdom suggested we wouldn’t get both prospects considering we already had two wide receivers committed in this class in Mike Floyd and John Goodman, so it’s not surprising that we landed only one of the two.
No matter which way this played out for the Irish, it was a win-win situation as both Robinson and Walker are very gifted prospects at the position. Had the Irish coaching staff been able to convince Robinson to play defense, where many believe is better suited for, its likely he would have landed in South Bend.
Regardless, getting Walker is HUGE for this class by giving it three All American wide receivers. Here’s some quotes about Walker’s decision from an ESPN article.
“The value of Notre Dame’s academics is excellent, and I have developed a strong relationship with Charlie Weis,” said Walker. “He is just a cool guy and really put in a lot of effort calling and recruiting me personally.” From a football and receiving standpoint, Walker felt there would be no better mentor than the three-time Super Bowl winning offensive coordinator.
“He is an offensive-minded coach who knows the game and how to get the ball to his wide receivers. Coach sees me as a receiver who can play in the slot and also split out wide. “He said I have the green light to come in and challenge for a starting job.” We agree with Weis’ assessment of the Virginia prep standout and feel Walker possesses the elite receiving skills and elusiveness needed to become a much needed playmaker for the anemic Fighting Irish offense. ESPN’s No. 8-rated receiver prospect is tall with a long, rangy body and is very smooth in all of his movements. Walker displays very soft hands and precise route running skills with a good burst out of his breaks for a taller receiver.
I’ll post more thoughts on the game later on.