Landon Walker was impressive throughout the week of Shrine Bowl practices handling the strong…
Top OL Arrives Monday
4-star offensive lineman Landon Walker told CUTigers.com Sunday evening he has enjoyed the last few weeks at home with his family.
After all, he'll be a college student within the next 24 hours.
"I didn't do anything special for the holidays," he said. "I just went to my family get togethers. I stayed around the house and watched lots of football."
The prize recruit will arriving at Clemson on Monday, and will room with three other freshmen who are expected to enroll early in Brian Linthicum, Xavier Dye and Willy Korn.
"I have talked with all of them over the past few weeks," Walker said. "I have probably talked with Willy more than any of them. I have also talked with Brian and Xavier. I watched Willy yesterday. I saw him throw that touchdown pass. That was good to see."
What is Walker looking forward to the most about getting to Tigertown?
"I am just a small town country boy. It is going to really be a different experience for me," he said. "I am just looking forward to going to school at Clemson and experiencing the college life."
The Shrine Bowl standout is hopeful that his early enrollment will allow him to make the two deep next fall.
"I am just going to work as hard as I can," he said. "I want to compete for a starting position. I may not get it, but I want to do my best to try. If I don't get a starting spot I want to get on the two-deep. If it does happen that I need to redshirt I am okay with that to, but going to work as hard as I can."
Landon's parents are both very excited about his career at Clemson.
"They are both excited," he said. "They know it is a different experience for me. My dad is already talking about coming down to see me practice. He can't wait."
Did Walker have any second thoughts about enrolling early?
"No, it was the best thing for me," he responded. "I want to play as a true freshman. If you want a chance you have got to come in early and learn the offense. I just want to come in and learn and get things settled down."
Walker was surprised at Clemson's loss to Kentucky, but he knows better days are ahead.
"I was disappointed. I don't know what happened. The offense just slowed down the last few games. We will get it back. We will turn it around. You can count on that," he said.
The North Carolina standout was invited to play in another all-star game in Florida, but he decided to stay home and spend time with his family.
"I wanted to watch Willy," he said. "If I had gotten invited to the Army All American game I would have gone. The other game wasn't as big of a deal. I wanted to spend the time at home. Coach Napier told me to just relax and enjoy the time with my family."
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