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WSU picks up commitment from Florida DE Johnny Walker

Three-star player picked Cougs over Miami, Missouri, and others.

Johnny Walker
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It’s that time of year where recruiting commitments typically picked up, and the Washington State Cougars secured their first since the season kicked off when defensive end Johnny Walker announced via Twitter that he intends to sign a letter of intent with WSU.

Walker is a high-three-star recruit out of Tampa, Florida. He held reported offers from the Miami Hurricanes, Missouri Tigers, Nebraska Cornhuskers, Maryland Terrapins, and a handful of other Power 5 schools.

He visited WSU for the opener against New Mexico State and came away impressed.

“It was amazing,” Walker told 247Sports’ John Garcia Jr. following his official visit. “Never a dull moment. The culture is outstanding and so are the players and staff. I just loved it the whole time there.

”The game was electric. The fans seemed like they charged the whole stadium and the Cougs delivered.”

Walker’s Hudl highlights are set to private, so it’s tough to know exactly what the Cougs are getting. That said, we know a few things: He’s 6-foot-3 but only 205 pounds (at the moment), suggesting the potential to add weight and strength to his frame while retaining good explosiveness — last February, he ran the 40 in a shade under 4.8 and had a 35-inch vertical to go with a 4.4 shuttle.

Walker is the 11th known commitment in the 2020 class.