Florida will have one last chance to woo four-star defensive end DeMarcus Walker this Friday.
The Jacksonville Sandalwood star and his coach, Adam Geis, are traveling to Gainesville for the day to meet with UF coach Will Muschamp and defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.
It will be Walker’s final trip to UF before making his Aug. 3 commitment, which is expected to be between Florida, Alabama, Auburn and Clemson. Florida State, LSU, Tennessee and USC round out his top eight.
The Tide are the odds-on favorite to land the ESPN150 member, whose last two visits to Tuscaloosa have produced the same result — a decision date.
After nearly pulling the trigger for the Gators at the Orange & Blue Debut on April 7, Walker attended Alabama’s annual A-Day the next weekend and set a May 24 announcement immediately afterward.
It’s been widely reported that Walker was going to choose Alabama on that day, but he postponed his decision after developing a desire to take more visits.
Following a summer tour that included stops in Auburn, Clemson and Tennessee, Walker visited Alabama again on June 16 and tweeted later in the day that he would be committing on Aug. 3.
Until that time comes, the 6-foot-4, 276-pounder plans to take in Tennessee again as well as FSU, LSU and USC. He will also make one more trip to Tuscaloosa with his father on July 15.
While all signs seem to point to Alabama, the Gators do have one thing going for themselves — ‘The Fantastic Four.’
Comprised of his close friends and fellow Jacksonville products Ahmad Fulwood, Daniel McMillan and Nick Washington, Walker is the only member not committed to UF.
At Florida’s spring game, Walker said those three will be a “real big factor” in his decision because he wants to keep the crew together.
Since then, however, Walker has become enamored with Alabama coach Nick Saban and his 3-4 defensive scheme. Although the friendships he has at UF hold some weight, Florida’s chances will ultimately come down to the pitches Muschamp and Quinn make Friday.