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Recruiting: Hard-hitting LB Xander Walker joins Army 2025 class

Xander Walker’s linebacker mentality fits right in at Army, he believes.

Walker wants the next in the line of Army hard-hitting linebackers that has produced NFL players Cole Christiansen, Jon Rhattigan and Jimmy Ciarlo.

Additionally, West Point’s academics and prestige were the right fit and guided Walker to his commitment to Army.

“I play down hill hard and fast and make sure you feel me when I hit you,” said Walker, who is 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds. “West Point makes tough men that hit hard.

“Army holds the values that have been drilled into me by my mom and values that represent with everything that I do in my life. West Point was perfect because I can better myself on and off the field and do it with some brothers that are all after the same goal.”

Walker is the second player from Mansfield’s Legacy (Texas) High School to commit to Army’s 2025 class, joining safety Brian Barton. Barton and teammate Landon Isbell visited West Point and told Walker all about West Point. Walker committed to Army inside linebackers coach Juice Weaver on June 26 and revealed his decision July 4.

“I just thought that a commitment to the Army on America’s Independence Day would be perfect,” said Walker, who made 97 tackles in 10 games as a junior.

Walker’s decision creates a friendly family rivalry. Walker’s sister, Hannah, currently serves in the Air Force. Walker is looking forward to the future.

“I’m just ready to be a part of the brotherhood and play some good football,” Walker said.

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