Four-star offensive lineman Aundrey Walker's mind is tuned to football with only a few days remaining before his Cleveland Glenville team's opening game of the 2010 season. The fall also brings with it the first opportunity for prospects in the 2011 class to schedule official visits and Walker has a few schools in mind for those trips.
Denying an outright leader and claiming every team that has offered is still being considered, Walker did specifically identify Ohio State, Michigan State and USC as three schools he plans to give official visits to.
"I would say I favor them, but I wouldn't say that is a top three. My options are open," Walker remarked. "I'm planning on taking my five official visits."
Cleveland Glenville has a long history of sending their top prospects to Ohio State, and it is reasonable to assume the Buckeyes would be the team to beat for Walker as well. The 6-5, 335-pound prospect acknowledged his strong interest in the in-state school, but was not ready to crown them his outright favorite just yet.
"I love the Buckeyes, but it's too premature to say that," Walker stated.
Other offers have come in from the likes of Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State and Purdue, but Michigan State and USC appear to be the strongest competition to the Buckeyes at this stage of the process. Walker talked about what interests him at those two schools.
Michigan State: "I just love the school all around. They have a great coaching staff and they were the first to offer me."
USC: "As a child I always wanted to get an offer from USC and go to USC. I wanted to meet Pete Carroll, but he's not there anymore. But USC alone, I just like them."
Walker has not scheduled any dates for his official visits yet this fall. There is one game he has discussed with his teammates about attending, however.
"As a matter of fact, we might go to the Ohio State-Miami game because we play on Monday that week," Walker said.
Glenville teammates Shane Wynn, Andre Sturdivant and Cardale Jones hold some of the same offers as Walker. The foursome plans to attend the Ohio State-Miami game together, and could choose the same school in the end as well.
"We say we're going to go to the same team, but if it works out, we're there," Walker said.
RivalsHigh.com ranks Glenville as the No. 4 high school team in the country in their Week 1 poll. The Tarblooders will kick off their 2010 campaign against the nation's No. 45 ranked team.
"We open up with Warren Central from Indiana on Saturday," Walker reported. "I've been practicing and working hard; trying to carry this team and be a leader. I will start both ways and probably play nose tackle."