Pitt’s long list of 2021 defensive back candidates added another name Monday night as Kani Walker has de-committed from Boston College.
Walker is a three-star recruit from Douglas County High School in Douglasville, Georgia. Back on March 31, Walker gave a verbal to Boston College but on Monday night, he decided to open his recruitment back up after feeling he made a decision too soon and wants to make official visits to other schools.
While he wants to take his time to make the best decision for his future, Walker has already determined that Pitt will be getting one of his official visits and two reasons for that are Archie Collins and Pitt freshman four-star defensive back Rashad Battle.
“I like Pitt, I like them a lot,” Walker tells Pittsburgh Sports Now. “I haven’t had a chance to go up there and see things which is part of the reason I made that decision last night and I know now that making a commitment so soon was something I shouldn’t have made. I wasn’t able to make any visits so I didn’t have the proper information to make a decision and really know if that school was really right for me. I know now that I definitely have to and will make visits before I make my next decision.”
“Coach Collins is a great guy that has great character and a great personality. He’s a guy that smiles a lot and has one of the most positive attitudes that I’ve met. When we talk, he’s always telling jokes and we laugh a lot. By talking to him, I’ve definitely learned a lot. I’m just a 17-year-old kid and he’s taught me things like to be a person that smiles more and so on. He’s a great guy and I respect him so much.”
While Walker and Collins have talked about life issues, they’ve also talked about how Pitt sees him fitting into their defensive scheme.
“The first question he asked me when they originally offered was ‘if I can play man coverage, if so then I can definitely play for him at Pitt,” said Walker. “He told me that Pitt doesn’t play much zone, only if they have to. Coach told me that he believes that I can play man coverage in their defense, whether it’s boundary or if I’m by myself on my island. I’m fast enough, quick enough and athletic enough to play anywhere in the secondary, and Pitt is still determining if I’d play cornerback or safety.”
Two sides of the Panthers program are working on recruiting Walker, Collins and the Pitt coaching staff along with fellow Georgia native and future Pitt defensive back Rashad Battle.
“He’s one of the people from Pitt that is talking to me the most, he absolutely loved it there on his visit. I trust Rashad so I’m just going to see for myself what he’s talking about. He told me that Pitt was like something he’d never seen before. It was like downtown Atlanta times five. I definitely can’t wait to go up there.”
Along with Pitt, Walker told Pittsburgh Sports Now that as of now, he plans on making his other visits to Maryland, Louisville and NC State.