Jalon Walker: All-American commit breaks down OV at ‘the best university in the world’
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Jalon Walker didn’t want to leave the University of Georgia after his official visit this past weekend. He said that on social media and over and over when he recapped that visit with DawgNation.
The nation’s No. 4 LB prospect from North Carolina chose Georgia on March 28.
Prior to this past weekend, he was one of only three 2022 commitments (Tennessee RB Jordan James and Australian punter Brett Thorson remain) yet to check out UGA since on-campus visits were again deemed permissible on June 1.
Long time. Good time. Walker had both in Athens over the last few days.
“I think all of the social media doesn’t do it justice,” Walker said of UGA on his visit. “Everything in general. In-person, the weight room looks even more phenomenal. The whole facility even looks so much better just being there in person.”
He arrived on Thursday. Walker came down with Deuce Walker, his younger brother, to watch him camp at UGA. His official visit then started on Friday and he left on Sunday.
“I really didn’t want to leave, but those guys were like ‘Hey, we’d love to keep you but just keep coming back as much as you can’ with that which is what I plan to do.”
His primary recruiter Glenn Schumann locked him in a ‘big ol’ bear hug’ when he arrived.
“My favorite thing overall was just getting there on Thursday and just seeing everybody’s faces in person for the first time because I haven’t seen them at all,” Walker said. “Those guys were so excited to see me and I was so excited to see them and just be a part of the family.”
What did Walker see? Plenty. He just didn’t need Zoom or Wi-Fi this time.
“I got to meet coach [Will] Muschamp who I met a long time ago at South Carolina,” Walker said. “He’s just a great aspect of that school at UGA now. Coach [Kirby] Smart. Coach [Dan] Lanning. All the recruiting staff who was just involved in my recruitment just showed so much love to me and my family.”
He remains locked down. Take this young man at his word on it. He will not visit other schools or entertain any drawn-out recruiting pitches from the Clemsons and the North Carolinas of the world. That stance has not changed since he committed almost three months ago.
Walker does not need to see what else is out there. He just aims to see more of UGA. His next visit will be a return trip to Athens with his father in late July.
He called UGA the “best university in the world” on his Instagram story.
“I will tell everybody straight-up that Georgia is the place to be,” Walker said. “I know all the facilities are really nice, but the people really make Georgia. Facilities are nice, but being around the coaches and players and being around everybody on staff really makes me feel at home. I feel so much better about my decision.”
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The most important thing Jalon Walker did this weekend
Let’s be clear on this point: The most important thing for Walker this weekend wasn’t seeking affirmation for his pledge to UGA. He didn’t need that. The Walker family was able to separate real from virtual during his process.
He was there to rep the G. Proudly. With his recruiter hat on.