Northwestern lands Florida defender

Opa Locka (Fla.) Monsignor Pace three-star outside linebacker Anthony Walker Jr. made his decision on Tuesday afternoon.
"I committed to Northwestern," Walker Jr. said. "I talked to the head coach (Pat Fitzgerald) and the linebackers coach (Randy Bates). They were very excited."
The 6-foot-1, 208-pound defensive prospect said the decision was an easy one for him to make with the quality of education and level of football offered at Northwestern.

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"The academic part of it, you are getting an Ivy League level education but you are also playing big time football, Big Ten football," Walker Jr. said. "You couldn't beat that."
Walker Jr. visited his future home earlier this year and was impressed by the atmosphere and environment that he will be walking into next season.
"I visited there unofficially," Walker Jr. said. "I just liked the guys that I am going to be around on the team. I liked the coaches. Everybody was great. They are just some great guys to be around."
The South Florida defender chose Northwestern over offers from Bowling Green, Buffalo, Florida International, Minnesota, and Purdue. He reports that he is now done with the process.
"I am definitely going to Northwestern," Walker Jr. said.
As a junior, Walker Jr. recorded 65 tackles, four interceptions, and two fumble recoveries.