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MADISON - Although most of the recruiting headlines for Wisconsin have involved the 2014 recruiting class is starting to take shape, the 2013 class isn't quite over yet with some big fish out there to catch.
One of their top targets left on the board is Loyola (Ca.) 5-11, 175-pound senior cornerback Cameron Walker, one of the most highly-touted uncommitted defensive backs on the West Coast.
"Our season has been going good so far," Walker told Badger Nation. "We are 4-1, but technically we are 5-0. The team we lost to got caught for having illegal players, so they gave us the win. My defensive stats are low this year though because people don't throw to who all I'm covering that much. I don't necessarily have to play up in the run as much this year, which is where I got a lot of my tackles last year, too."
Through five games, Walker – rated a three-star prospect ranked No.50 in the country by Scout.com – has made the most of his limited opportunities. Defensively, Walker has registered 17 tackles, two passes defended and two forced fumbles. On offense, Walker has eight catches for 81 yards with one touchdown and four kickoff returns for 191 yards.
Gathering over 13 offers throughout the recruiting process and having done research on his schools, Walker is now at the point of narrowing his list and setting up official visits.
"My recruiting has gone good so far," Walker said. "I have narrowed it down to Boise State, Wisconsin, California, Washington and Notre Dame. I've set up officials for California for next weekend (and) Boise State the weekend after that. Wisconsin I'm penciled in for the Ohio State game, but if my season is still going I won't be able to make that, so I will go after the season. The last two I haven't set up anything yet."
Wisconsin came into the picture for Walker in late May, receiving his offer from linebackers coach Andy Buh. Since that point, Walker has built his relationship with Buh and defensive coordinator Chris Ash, who visited Walker in the spring at his high school.
"Coach Buh is recruiting me," Walker said. "We have a pretty good relationship right now. About once a week since coaches could start calling us back, he has been talking to me a lot more. Before that it was always a really long game of phone tag, but we talk more now. We talk about Wisconsin in terms of what they need next season, what they expect from recruits and vice versa. There is the occasional random joke cracking and stuff like that. It is not all football, though."
Many prospects have no idea what to expect to an Wisconsin game day experience, but Walker has heard some things about the experience. He is torn on how to feel about the visit, though.
"I really like the way their defense plays," Walker said. "I know it is a top public school, too. I have heard the town and the fans are amazing. From what I have seen on TV and from looking things up, that seems to be true. Hopefully it is as wild and fun as I heard it to be. Hopefully, I actually do get to visit during the season.
"Well, no, I'm not going to say that because that means I hope my season ends early and I don't want that either. I just hope the situation works itself out without us getting knocked out early."
Going into the season, Walker had some goals in his mind that he wanted to accomplished, but has already done many of them himself, but feels there is still something he wants to leave and achieve for his team.
"For myself, I've already accomplished most of what I wanted to do individually," Walker said. "I really try my hardest to be a team player and a leader and set examples for others. I'm not really concerned with myself just as long as I keep playing how I've been playing.
"As for my team though, I just want to leave a good impression on the younger guys like my teammates did for me last year. (That way) they can know what to do when my class is gone and go farther in the playoffs than last year and try to reach our full potential as a team."
Since putting Wisconsin in his final five, Loyola (Ca.) cornerback Cameron Walker has been trying to find time to visit the Badgers' campus. Although he has penciled in a visit to experience UW's atmosphere, Walker recognizes that visit might not happen.