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Walker adds new offer to list

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Jefferson City, Mo., running back Kody Walker is one of Missouri's top prospects, and his offer list reflects how talented he is. The 6-foot-1, 230-pound powerback already had offers from Arkansas, Minnesota and Missouri, but a new school recently sent him an offer during the spring evaluation process.
"Things have been going pretty good," Walker said. "I've been getting a lot of interest from schools. It's really fun. My coach got a call from a coach at Tulsa, so I called him back, and they just offered me over the phone.
"It was coach (Archie) McDaniel. He's a really cool guy. He just let me know how they were doing and that he really wanted me to come down and check out their facilities and see what they have to offer. I definitely plan on checking them out."
Walker said several coaches he's talked to have stood out so far early in the process.
"Coach (Andy) Hill at Missouri is a really nice guy," Walker said. "And then coach (Tim) Horton at Arkansas, he's a real home style guy. Then coach (Thomas) Hammock at Minnesota has been recruiting me really heavily, and he's a really cool guy."
Walker said he's going to camp this summer at Missouri and hopes to also visit Tulsa and Minnesota. Other schools like Wisconsin, Illinois and Oklahoma have also expressed some interest.
"I've talked to them a couple times, but not a whole lot, but here and there," Walker said. "I've received mail from them a couple times, and they've been by my school as well."
Walker isn't ready to lean one way or the other at this point. He had previously listed Missouri and Arkansas as his top two schools.
"Everything is open to me right now," Walker said. "I don't want to close myself off to anyone and just make sure that I make the right choice. I'd like to hopefully wait and not make a decision until after the season."
He has an idea what the perfect school will have.
"Just the urge to win at each program," he said. "And the schools on my list all produce good running backs."
With the focus not entirely on recruiting, Walker is working hard to improve his overall game.
"We're just in spring weight training right now - lifting four times a week," Walker said. "I'm working on my first step and my speed really. And then I've been working with my other coaches on my foot work, stuff like that, really working on the ladders trying to get faster."
As a junior, Walker rushed for 818 yards and 7 touchdowns on 132 carries. Walker combines power with deceptive speed and should be rated among the top recruits in Missouri.
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