National Signing Day: Walker signs with Trojans, not hometown Buckeyes

In continuing with a recent trend, USC beat Ohio State, again.

But this time it came in February.

The Trojans made a big move on signing day as they swiped offensive lineman Aundrey Walker from the Buckeyes. Walker announced his decision at his high school Glenville High in Cleveland, Ohio.

This is a big pickup for the Trojans as offensive line was arguably their biggest need. Walker, who comes in at a gargantuan size at 6’6”, 355 lbs, is rated the No. 1 guard by Rivals, No. 9 by Scout and No. 15 by ESPN.

Walker could start right away, as USC needs to replace three linemen, including junior right tackle Tyron Smith, who left early for the NFL Draft and is expected to go in the first round.

Walker told that immediate playing time and his relationship with recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron impacted his decision.

“USC has a great coaching staff and it’s a nice place,” Walker said. “The school is great itself. I’m surrounded by a group of good people.
It also didn’t hurt that his recruiting visit coincided with his 18th birthday.

“That night we had a little kick back, a little party for my birthday,” Walker said. “We had a great time. L.A. is great man. The coaches showed me a lot of love.”