Walker ready for FNL, decision

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UPDATE: Walker has pushed his decision to Aug. 24 so his announcement can be televised.

With a handful of summer visits under his belt, four-star defensive end DeMarcus Walker (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood) is set to make his decision next month.

Walker competed at The Opening in early July. (Photo by Nike and Daniel Root Photography LLC)

His five finalists are Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida and Tennessee, but it is believed to be a battle between the Tide and the Gators.

The 6-foot-4, 280-pounder camped at Alabama on July 15 and will be in The Swamp for Friday Nights Lights to see Florida once again.

Although it will be the last visit before his announcement, Walker said his attention won’t be on recruiting.

“I’m not going there for recruiting as much as I’m going to have fun,” he said. “If I see something that sticks out I’ll definitely take notice. But other than that, I’m not going to focus too much on recruiting. I really just want to enjoy myself and compete. Florida has already showed me everything.”

UF earned more than it showed on his June 29 visit to Gainesville, where coach Will Muschamp and defensive coordinator Dan Quinn gained Walker’s trust.

This time around, the ESPN150 member is looking forward to working out with defensive line coach Bryant Young.

“It’s going to be great to learn from coach Young,” Walker said. “I know a couple techniques real well, but he knows everything there is to know about the position because of his NFL experience. So I can’t wait to take what I learn and put it on the field this season.”

When asked what he liked about leaders, Walker basically gave the same answer for each one — his bond with the coaching staff.

But for Florida, he also offered this:

“It’s a close home team and I have a lot of real good friends that are Florida commitments. So they’ve been on me all along and that’s a big factor for me.”

Walker will be relieved once his recruitment is over.

“I’m tired of the process,” he said. “It can get real aggravating and stressful at times. So I’m just ready to get this over with.”

16 COMMENTS

  1. Its like a boxing match. Bama hit’em pretty hard. Now he is dazed and confused. Muschamp needs to breakout the rope a dope and put this decision to rest. Walker needs to commit while he is here and go home stress free.

  2. Zach,
    If our current players show him some big time love do you think it will be enough to bring us even with Bama again? To me, spending a week there living with the players and only a day here is a huge disadvantage.

  3. He will not be able to avoid his recruitment at this event. Fulwood and Washington are on him HARD. I would say he is ever so slightly more inclined to pick Florida, but I’m not as confident as I was with VH3.

    Still, we lost Stefon Diggs, Nelson Agholor, and Tracy Howard last year because the bad guys got the last visit, so hopefully that works out for us this time.

  4. RILES COMMITMENT SHOULD GIVE WALKER AND SHERITT A SNEAK PEEK AT HOW GREAT THEY COULD BE TOGETHER. NOT ONLY RILES LOOK AT THE REST OF THE DEFENSIVE PLAYERS THAT HAVE COMMITTED. THINGS SEEM TO BE MOVING AT A HIH LEVEL RIGHT NOW, YOU KNOW YOU WANT THE BEST OF THE BEST TO REPRESENT YOU, BUT IF WE GET NO OTHER DEFENSIVE PLAYERS WE WILL STILL HAVE AN AWESOME TEAM. GO GATORS!!!!!

  5. “I’m tired of the process,” he said. “It can get real aggravating and stressful at times. So I’m just ready to get this over with.”

    Then why push back the announcement to the 24th of Aug.??

  6. Zach, what effect will Riles and Sherit’s recent commitments have on Walker considering they are all DE’s? I know Riles is a versatile DL but it’s still not very attractive that two DE’s are already commited to UF.

  7. KWGator,
    Walker , if he’s smart will see this as enhancement to a great Defensive team, where you can run 4,6,even 8 D-lineman during the course of the game everyone stays fresh and you are more effective while you are on the field. This type players atmosphere creates a massive advantage and a VERY dominate defensive team. Last year, even though we had a very good defensive team, they were a tired bunch at the end of the games (very little or no help from the sidelines late) this will change that scenario. Because if he goes to BAMA he will be facing the same layered type d-line situation. So stay at “HOME” with your “HOME BOYS” and be apart of something special in the GREAT STATE OF FLORIDA. GO GATORS!!!!