Early this morning, Richmond (Calif.) John F. Kennedy wide receiver Kenneth Walker finally decided to make good on a months-old pledge to commit to play for the California Golden Bears, and will announce his decision officially at 11 AM on the Kennedy campus.
"We just started school on Tuesday, and he comes in and says, 'Mike, I want to make my announcement on Friday,' and I said, 'Hey, that's fine. That's what we're going to do,'" said Eagles head coach Michael Bobino. "He's coming in at 11 and he's going to call coach [Jeff] Tedford at 11:15."
Walker was all set to commit at The Opening in Beaverton, Ore., at the beginning of July, but he decided to wait until the time was just right.
"Kenny is very highly into academics," Bobino said. "He chose Cal not only because of their football program, but he also likes what they offer education-wise with the business program. He wants to be a business and accounting major."
In fact, it was academics that held Walker back from committing along with Bryce Treggs up north, but not in a bad way.
"He wanted to wait for his test scores, for his ACT scores, to come in, to see where he stood," Bobino said. "He wanted to make his commitment then, but he also wanted to wait until school was in, so he could do it around his teammates, his supporting cast here at Kennedy High School."
The 6-foot-, 170-pound three-star prospect holds more than 20 offers, and participated in the CIF State Championships for the 110-meter hurdles (14.12 seconds), runs the 200-meters in 22.2 seconds and was named as one of the fastest speedsters on the summer camp circuit.
"As a player, he's an elite slot back. He's listed 60 out of 150 players in the country," said Bobino, who's dynamic wide out checks in at No. 62 among this year's crop of wide receivers. "His opportunity came last year, playing at Kennedy High School, so he felt that he wanted to be around his high school teammates and teachers and faculty."