ORLANDO, Fla. — While the Huskers are here, an Orlando prep wide receiver has pledged to Nebraska.
Nebraska picked up its 17th pledge of the 2013 recruiting class when Dominic Walker picked NU over Florida State and Cincinnati.
Walker formally announced his intentions Sunday night in Houston at the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl.
The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Walker visited Lincoln back in late September and pushed Nebraska to the top of his list despite receiving roughly 25 offers, including from the Seminoles and in-state school Florida.
Rivals.com listed Walker among their top performers during those early week practices.
“Walker was decked out in all black, and he was the best at catching the ball with his hands,” Rivals reported. “He does not let the ball get in on his body, and he brings it in. It is cold out there, and there were some players fighting the ball, but not Walker. He also ran clean routes and worked his feet well getting in and out of his breaks on a slick surface.”
At Evans High School in Orlando, Walker had 36 catches for 628 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior, catching the eyes of many college recruiters.
He originally committed to Vanderbilt but backed away from that after watching Nebraska play Wisconsin in Lincoln.
Rated a three-star player by the recruiting sites, Rivals rates him the 89th best player nationally at his position, FoxSportsNext ranks him 78th and 247 Sports ranks him 141st.
It’s believed his ratings may climb after his performance in Houston this week.
“Walker is an impressive outside wide receiver prospect who is capable of reaching top speed rapidly and threatening vertically on every snap,” ESPN.com writes in its scouting report of him. “He is tall, rangy, has some natural bulk and a wide wingspan to create space and separation.”
Walker becomes the second wide receiver commit in this Husker class, joining Kevin Gladney of Akron, Ohio.
It was clear from Walker’s words after his visit three months ago that Nebraska was going to be tough to beat.
"I thought (Lincoln) was going to be out in the middle of nowhere with all these cornfields all around, but it's not like that. It was actually a pretty nice city," Walker told the Orlando Sentinel after that visit. "It didn’t feel boring at least … everything was there. They have great facilities. An indoor practice field and that weight room ... I've never seen anything like that ever."