Oregon linebacker Joe Walker, a sophomore transfer from Palos Verdes High School (Palos Verdes, California) and later L.A. Harbor College, enters his first season in the Oregon program.
Before joining the Ducks, Walker lettered three seasons of high school football earning All-League team twice. Walker enrolled at Los Angeles Harbor Community College where he stared for one season, earning All-League team honors. From there he opened up his recruitment process and had numerous suitors including Duke, Syracuse and Texas A&M.
In the 2013 Spring Game, Walker debuted for Ducks fans as the only newcomer in action. Walker recorded five tackles (two unassisted, three assisted) along with 0.5 tackles for loss. His five tackles were fifth most of any Green team player.
Going into the 2013 season, the Ducks lose Dion Jordan, Kiko Alonso and Michael Clay to graduation, but return a talented group of reserves and a strong group of incomers. Walker will battle right away for one of the three opening starting jobs.
Derrick Malone, Rahim Cassell, Tyson Coleman, Rodney Hardrick and Walker will battle for two starting ILB jobs. Malone and Coleman may be the favorites, but anyone from that group could win a starting job.