Top recruit narrowing choice


UF coach Will Muschamp talks with DeMarcus Walker during Friday Night Lights at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on July 27.

Matt Stamey/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Thursday, August 2, 2012 at 10:17 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, August 2, 2012 at 10:17 a.m.

If you attended Florida's Friday Night Lights last week at Florida Field, it was hard to miss defensive end DeMarcus Walker.

The 6-foot-4, 280-pounder was easy to spot because of his size, but he also had someone keeping him company all night — UF coach Will Muschamp.

It was their first time hanging out since June 29, when Walker said Muschamp gained his trust during the unofficial visit to Gainesville.

On Friday night, they were side-by-side for most of the showcase and even shared a few minutes with their arms around each other.

“We had a great time,” Walker said. “We did a lot of talking and laughing and just enjoyed spending time together again.”

Walker said he's built a strong relationship with Muschamp and the majority of their conversations aren't about football.

“He always stresses academics with me,” Walker said. “He talks about life after football and how much a Florida degree means. Gators take care of Gators and I'll always be able to get a job.”

However, getting a starting job at UF won't be so easy. The Gators signed strongside defensive ends Jonathan Bullard and Quinteze Williams last year and have a pair committed for the 2013 class in Joey Ivie and Antonio Riles.

But Walker is not worried about the depth chart at Florida — or any other school.

“There's always going to be competition,” Walker said. “So I don't care who's on the roster because I'm coming to take a spot wherever I go.”

The ESPN150 member was previously scheduled to make his commitment this Friday, but he pushed back the announcement to Aug. 24 so it can be televised by ESPN.

Walker's five finalists are Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida and Tennessee, but it's believed to be a two-team race between the Gators and the Tide.

Walker admits he's already made his decision.

“I know where I'm going,” he said. “Stay tuned.”

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