Just when everyone thought Rick Barnes and his staff were done with recruiting in the 2013 class, the Longhorns went and added another commitment. On Tuesday morning, just a week after taking an official visit to Texas, shooting guard Martez Walker of Detroit, Mich. (Pershing) pulled the trigger and decided to be a Longhorn.
Rick Barnes picked up another guard for his 2013 class on Tuesday when Martez Walker committed to Texas.
“I’ve committed to Texas,” Walker told Hookem.com via text. “I’m now a Texas Longhorn and I’m very proud to be one.”
Walker took an official visit to Austin a little over a week ago and visited for three days. When leaving last Tuesday, the Longhorns made him an offer, which Walker said was something he didn’t see coming at all.
“I couldn’t believe they offered me,” said Walker previously. “I wasn’t expecting it. I wasn’t expecting an offer from such a big school like Texas. It meant a lot to get it, that’s for sure.”
The 6-foot-5, 170-pounder also held offers from USC, Temple, Iowa, Miami, South Florida, Iowa State, Providence, Eastern Michigan and Bradley, but the Longhorns won out thanks in large part to assistant coach Rob Lanier’s recruiting efforts.
Before receiving the offer from the Longhorns, Walker was wide open and wasn’t exactly sure where he wanted to go. In fact, he planned on taking all of his official visits before making a decision and had only seen two others schools up to that point.
After visiting Texas and receiving an offer, however, he knew Texas was the place for him and wanted to shut down his recruitment.
“My visit to Texas just went as good as it possibly could,” he said. “It just made a big impression on me. I really liked the coaches and the players. I felt right at home when I was there visiting with them.”
Walker, a 247Composite three-star prospect, gives Rick Barnes and his staff their fourth commitment for 2013 and he joins shooting guard Demarcus Croaker (Orlando, Fla.), combo guard Kendall Yancy-Harris (Richardson, Tex.) and point guard Isiah Taylor (Houston, Tex.) as the latest member of the class.