CHICAGO There came a point late in the recruiting proce s where Anthony Walker could have played at Miami. Walker grew up in Miami. He idolized Ray Lewis, Micheal Barrow and Randy Shannon for the Hurricanes. He watched Sean Spence, Quavon Taylor and Lavonte David play together at Miami Northwestern High School. He emerged as a star at Monsignor Edward Pace High School.Miami was the dream school for everybody that was from Miami, Walker said at Big Ten Media Day. Yu Darvish Jersey BIG TEN MEDIA DAYS: | Yet he knew what his father told him at an early age. Not everybody can play there. So when the Hurricanes swooped in late and were unsure whether Walker would play linebacker or safety there, Walker had made his choice.Four years later, Walker is an All-American linebacker. He has a touting him as The Franchise. He has a bright NFL future. He found those self-described ble sings at Northwestern. I thinkthats why they (Northwestern) stayed as my choice, Walker said. They knew I was only going to be myself. Nobody offered me anything like that. I wasnt changing my decision at that point.Walker enjoyed that breakout season in 2015 with 122 tackles and 20.5 tackles for lo s, which ranked second in the FBS. He popped in the opener in Stanford, and thats something Northwestern Mark Grace Jersey coach Pat Fitzgerald, a two-time Big Ten defensive player of the year who led Northwestern to two conference titles in 1995-96, noticed right away.I think it's his athleticism, Fitzgerald said. You watch from the opener Stanford to Tenne see in the bowl game, two very-explosive football teams with great talent offensively.There was a non-i sue when it came to athleticism, speed, not only playing in the box but more importantly playing out in space for Anthony.Walker was the leader for a 10-3 Northwestern team that ranked Carlos Zambrano Jersey in the top 15 nationally in both scoring defense and total defense, but he has a different perspective of the game film against Tenne see, a 45-6 lo s in the Outback Bowl.MORE: You have to look at the Tenne see game and say we were flat-out embarra sed on national television when we had all this hype around us after a pretty good season, Walker said. We embraced it. Nobody was down about it. We embraced it David Ross Jersey and we took it into spring practice and spring workouts.So thats the mindset Walker is taking into the offseason, which has generated theviral campaign touting him as a superhero. Fitzgerald said Walkers self-awarene s makes the campaign po sible. Walker, meanwhile, continues to learn from Fitzgerald and other linebackers.Walker is part of a loaded cla s of inside linebackers. Ohio States Raekwon McMillan and Iowas Josey Jewell also were in attendance. Walker also said he enjoys watching Carolinas Luke Kuechly and Buffalos Reggie Ragland in the Anthony Rizzo Jersey NFL. Walker mentioned those Miami linebackers again, too. Still, the NFL future and award watch lists arent something hes worried about right now.With that comes responsibility. Fitzgerald said Walker will see more below-the-waist blocks this season, and hell have to see that coming. But he also sees a team leader that is looking to take Northwestern to the next step toward a Big Ten West Division championship.Fitzgerald did that a few times. Now its Walkers turn.He's poised to have a special year and poised to be one of the best we've ever had, Walker said. Its exciting times for him and for us.