How nation’s No. 3 DT, UGA target Travon Walker views his upcoming decision

Rising senior Travon Walker finished eighth in the shot put this season, despite that sport being No. 3 on his list of favorites.

Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel will bring at least five days a week. This week will feature a lot of 5-stars this week on DawgNation. We lead off Monday with a fresh update on 5-star defensive tackle target Travon Walker.

Travon Walker smiles. A lot.

He gets that from his mom. His father, Stead, does not smile. He was the one trying to pump up his son at the Georgia High School Association Class 3A state track meet.

Walker didn’t throw his best. Part of the reason might have been the lopsided spring football-to-shot put practice ratio he had leading up to the state meet. Walker said he had very little prep.

Travon Walker is one of the most important targets for the Bulldogs in 2019. He also rates as the nation’s No. 25 overall prospect. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

While he competed, his mother was on the opposite edge of the pit. Cheering. Watching. Smiling.

“He gets that from me,” Lasonia Walker said.

To be fair, the shot put is likely his third-best varsity sport. In football, the 247Sports composite ranks the Thomaston (Ga.) Upson-Lee standout as the No. 3 defensive tackle and No. 25 overall prospect for 2019.

DawgNation rates the 5-star prospect as the biggest remaining uncommitted Bulldogs target in this class.

The 6-foot-5, 270-pound prospect is also a two-time defending state basketball champion, averaging about 13 points, 12 rebounds and about 3-4 blocks.

And even more smiles.

“I’m proud that he remains humble through all of this process and doesn’t get the big head,” his mother said. “This recruiting stuff can be a burden sometimes but I do think he looks at it as a blessing for him.”

Travon Walker rates as the nation’s No. 3 defensive tackle prospect on the 247Sports composite. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

This is the part where all of this sounds like the perfunctory recruiting interview.

“I’m looking at this as a selfish decision on my part,” he said. “I look at it as the school that will help me do what I do so I can do what I need to do and then provide a better life for my family. They’ve done so much for me. I want to take care of them when I can, too.”

He’s the sort that doesn’t need a helicopter parent watching over his back. In fact, he might be the one doing more than his fair share of that with his folks.

“He wants to be our personal guardian,” Stead Walker said. “For both of us. He tries to be our parent. … We have a curfew with him.”

Walker wants to take care of his parents down the road and yet he already watches over and worries about them now.

His mother reaffirmed that — he tries to put those size-16 feet down.

“He keeps us in check,” she said. “He is very mature for his age.”

A few things to know about the Travon Walker decision

His mother thinks that he is getting pretty close to a decision, perhaps July or August.

“I think he might want to go into his senior year with a clear mind and then focus on his high school team,” Stead Walker said.

Travon Walker (middle) keeps a pretty close watch on his family. His mother Lasonia (left) and father Stead have noticed. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

The same top 4 schools are vying for his services: Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and South Carolina.

“This stuff really isn’t that easy,” Travon Walker said. “People think it is easy but it is still not that easy.”

Those schools are all still bunched up in his mind. It sounds like he hasn’t begun to start separating them out yet.

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