By Chris Hays | Orlando Sentinel
9:57 PM PST, December 30, 2012
Orlando Evans wide receiver Dominic Walker made it official Sunday night by announcing his choice to become a Nebraska Cornhusker at the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl at Houston's Reliant Stadium.
Walker chose Nebraska over Florida State during the broadcast of the all-star game, and right after making his commitment public, Walker made a tremendous shoestring catch-and-run for a 70-yard touchdown pass from National team quarterback Trent Hosick (Missouri commit) of Staley, Mo., putting the Nationals up 14-0 in the early stages the second quarter.
The National squad went on to win the game 20-9 and Walker's teammate and Florida State commit Ro'Derrick Hoskins also had a big game with a pair of solo tackles and a big interception late in the fourth quarter to seal the National win. Hoskins nearly returned the pick for a touchdown, getting tackled after a 40-yard return at the 2-yard line.
Walker said Sunday afternoon via phone interview that it really had not been a big secret about who he would be choosing, even though he had two finalists.
"I made my decision three weeks ago and it's just been silent since then," Walker said of his Nebraka choice Sunday from Houston, where he is taking part in tonight's game with Orlando Evans teammate Ro'Derrick Hoskins, a linebacker who is committed to Florida State.
"Everything is just great for me [at Nebraska]. The coaching staff, the great facilities, everything ... 86,000 fans at every game no matter who they are playing. You can't beat that kind of support. They treat their players like they are the only thing that really matters up there.
"Plus, it's a great chance for me to come in and play right away and they have really made me feel like they want me to be a part of what they are doing."
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound wideout said he's known he would be a Nebraska Cornhusker since almost immediately after he visited Lincoln during the weekend of Sept. 29. He was overwhelmed during his visit and decommitted from his Vanderbilt pledge almost immediately.
Walker still entertained other offers and was to visit Cincinnati during the same weekend that former head coach Butch Jones ended up taking the Tennessee job. His flight was canceled and that pretty much ended the courtship with the Bearcats. He has also been on a few trips to Florida State, to which teammate and fellow receiver Tony Stevens remains committed, but in the end, Nebraska was showing way too much love, especially the Huskers supporting cast of thousands.
"They've shown a lot of love," Walker said of the Nebraska faithful. "The fans are always folloiwing me and hitting me up on Twitter and the recruiting analysts in the area are always calling me up a lot, ever since I visited.
"Their fans show they really care for the players and they always tell me they'd love to have a player like me and how great it would be to have me contribute to what they have going on there."
Nebraska was Walker's only official-visit destination and he was overwhelmed during his trip to Lincoln. He acknowledged earlier this month that it would be surprising if he did not commit to the Huskers.
Walker will be back from the Houston game just in time to watch some of his future teammates in Orlando on Tuesday at the Capital One Bowl, where the Big Ten runners-up Huskers take on the SEC's second-place Georgia Bulldogs at 1 p.m (ESPN).
Walker has enjoyed his week of preparation for tonight's game, which is not available on live television in the Orlando area.
"They've been throwing me the ball a lot in practice and I'm starting at wide receiver," Walker said. "I even got my number. I'll be wearing No. 4."
The O-D Bowl will be broadcast on a delay Monday at 1 p.m. on Comcast CSS network. Check your listings or call your cable company for more info.
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