Texas A&M Football Recruiting: Aggies Earn Vital Hardreck Walker Commitment
Kevin Sumlin and his top-notch recruiting coaching staff picked up yet another stellar commitment as Westfield High School DT Hardreck Walker selected the Aggies on live television Sunday evening (as covered by SB Nation). The defensive lineman's commitment pushes the A&M's total for the 2013 class to 22 secured prospects, according to Rivals.
Walker, a 6'2" 280-pound monster, turned down 13 other offers from programs including Michigan, Arkansas, Oklahoma and West Virginia. He joins A&M's two other 4-star defensive tackle recruits Kerrick Huggins and Isaiah Golden, helping Sumlin form one of the top defensive line classes in the nation.
Walker claims, along with fellow Houston commit Reggie Chevis, that he desires to help the Aggies revive the long-lost Wrecking Crew that rampaged through the 1980s and 1990s. The legendary defenses, compiled by R.C Slocum, still ring a special note within the confines of Kyle Field today, particularly in the "old Ags" that roam the stands.
Under the tutelage of new defensive coordinator Mark Snyder, the Wrecking Crew's reemergence could be sooner than many think. The "swagger" that prospects such as Walker and Chevis bring to the program has the potential to spark another defensive golden age in Aggieland, especially with the momentum the SEC move has garnered for A&M.
During his on-air commitment, Walker told Houston audiences:
I love coach Sumlin. I feel like he has the program headed in the right direction. This jump to the SEC is going to be big for [Texas A&M] and I feel like I can help them bring back the Wrecking Crew.
Overall credit for Walker, along with many of A&M's other commits, must go directly to new head coach Kevin Sumlin. The focus and intense energy the 47-year-old has bestowed upon his new home is unlike anything Aggies have felt in decades, providing a new "static" in the air about College Station.
Sumlin, the former Houston head coach, continues to prove his "ownership" of the fertile Texas recruiting ground. With the latest development concerning Walker, the Aggies have snared four from the city itself and multiple others from the surrounding suburbs of the metropolis.
As Texas A&M now officially resides in the SEC per July 1st, expect this massive Aggie momentum to continue pushing this modernizing program to success after success.
With Walker's commitment occurring during the Aggies' SEC move-in date, it's safe to presume Sumlin will attempt to springboard A&M to new heights on the red-hot recruiting trail.
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