MISSOULA — The Montana football team added its latest known commit in the Class of 2019 earlier this month when 3-star prospect Corbin Walker committed to the Griz.
Walker, from the state of Washington, had four college offers going into his senior season, but it wasn’t until he got his fifth offer, from Montana, that he knew he had found his fit. Rated as a 3-star athlete by 247Sports, he announced his commitment on Twitter on Nov. 1, just eight days after the Griz offered him.
“I was talking with my parents and was thinking what would be the best fit for me,” Walker said. “We just decided to pull the trigger. After they offered me, we decided to do it soon because we wanted to show how interested we were.
“I feel the coaches there, they make you really feel like part of the program. They make you feel like you want to come there and play for them. The coaches were a big part of it. I liked the school. I know the business program is pretty good. I’m going to study business when I get there.
“It was mostly the coaches, though. They made me feel wanted. They were very interested in me. It was mostly showing a lot of interest, a lot of love to me during the recruiting process.”
Walker, standing at 5-foot-11 and 170 pounds, said the Montana coaching staff plans on him playing cornerback. He was primarily recruited by safeties coach Shann Schillinger with an assist from cornerbacks coach C.J. Cox.
The Griz got in contact with Walker over the summer, he visited the school for a football camp and hoped to get an offer from Montana sooner than he did. When he received that offer on Oct. 24, the Griz were days away from dropping their third consecutive game, but that didn’t deter him from committing five days after the third straight defeat.
“I feel like it’s the best fit for me,” Walker said. “I like the school. I like the team. They’re doing pretty well. It’s just in the fourth quarter they’ll give up a lead, but that’s an easy fix. They’re a pretty good team, a solid team year in and year out, so I feel like it would be pretty good competition. Also, they had a need for corner, so I feel like I’d be able to come in and compete for a spot early.”
At Hazen High School in suburban Seattle, Walker starred as a cornerback and wide receiver. He was a two-time first-team wide receiver and defensive back in the North Puget Sound League, as well as the NPSL Valley offensive player of the year.
This past season, Walker had 34 tackles and seven pass breakups without allowing a touchdown. He caught 74 passes for 1,155 yards and 10 touchdowns.
“When I think of my game,” Walker said, “I think I’d say I’m an explosive player that can make explosive plays and change the game in a matter of a few plays”
Walker chose the Griz over Montana State, Northern Colorado, Air Force and Northern Iowa. The Cats were the first team to offer him, and all five of the offers he received were full-ride scholarships, he said. He plans to sign during the early period, on Dec. 19.
Walker is the 12th known commit in Montana’s class of 2019. He joins out-of-state commits Joey Elwell of Idaho, Jacob McGourin of Washington, and Alex Hurlburt and Nick Ostmo of Oregon.
Montana’s in-state commits are Ryder Meyer of Fairfield, Ryan Tirrell of Loyola, Noah Ambuehl of Great Falls Central, Garrison Poetzl of Billings Senior, Trevin Gradney of Billings West, Kris Brown of Bozeman and Elias DeWaters of Missoula Sentinel.