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.
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.”