Great opportunity awaits Walsh

Great opportunity awaits Walsh

Northwestern believes it found a gem in three-star linebacker Brett Walsh. To express such a sentiment, the coaching staff told him he has a chance to work into the Wildcats' rotation at linebacker. The Monrovia, Calif. standout previews Signing Day with PurpleWildcats.

Name: Brett Walsh
School: Monrovia (Calif.) High School
Height, Weight: 6-1, 205
Position, Rating: 3-Star OLB

Scouting Report— Brett Walsh is another Northwestern under-the-radar scoop; an under-recruited prospect who was passed up by most. However, he has track-athlete speed and is a top tackler. Walsh has plenty of potential to be a great outside linebacker.

As a high-school freshman, Brett Walsh watched the seniors of Monrovia (Calif.) High School's football program move on to the collegiate ranks. He made it a goal to do the same.

Four years later, on National Signing Day, it will be Walsh seated before family, friends, and some impressionable freshmen as he signs his letter of intent to Northwestern.

"It means a lot," Walsh said. "This has been a goal of mine for a while, a dream."

Walsh, a three-star prospect, gave Northwestern his verbal commitment in July, picking it over scholarship offers from Fresno State, Nevada, South Dakota, and UNLV.

Largely under recruited, the Northwestern coaching staff hopes it has a steal in Walsh. Known for his speed in pursuit, the Wildcats will play him at outside linebacker.

"They told me if I can go in there and perform in camp, I can work my way into the rotation," Walsh said. "It's all up to me."

Walsh is eager for the chance he has, and is ready to work for it.

"It's a lot," he said. "They've given me an opportunity. That is a big thing for me. I wouldn't want to go to a school where something is given to me, or it's unfair and I can' have that. I'm going to push myself to the limit."

At the time, Northwestern separated itself from the pack because of its academic prestige. However, a big season on the gridiron only strengthens his commitment.

"Northwestern, I feel like it's more than just a school or a place to play football," said Walsh. "When people talk about Northwestern, it's the great academics. When I committed, it wasn't huge on football. Now that they've had a great season, it's the icing on the cake."

With his decision long in the books, Signing Day is simply a formality for Walsh. However, it will be a memorable day—one he has dreamt of for four years.

"I feel like I've been a Wildcat for a while now," he said. "But now it will be official."

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers for Big Red Report, and currently covers the Northwestern Wildcats. He resides on Chicago's north side.
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