Jacksonville Sandalwood defensive end DeMarcus Walker remains solid in his commitment to Alabama, but Florida won’t walk away without a fight.
UF coach Will Muschamp told Walker on Aug. 25 — the morning after his decision — that he will hate how hard the Gators still recruit him.
The pursuit has persisted.
“Muschcamp called me (Friday),” Walker said after his game last week. “He was asking me if I can come down for a visit. He asked me how I was doing and just checking up on me. He started talking to me about his family and things like that. I might come for the LSU game or the Kentucky game.”
Muschamp continues to have help from Walker’s fellow peers as well. Leading the pack is his close friend and UF safety commit Nick Washington, whose Jacksonville Trinity Christian team defeated Walker’s Saints 13-7 this past Friday.
“When me and him hugged (after the game), he was like, ‘I still want you to be a Gator.’ Him, Ahmad Fulwood, Caleb Brantley and Quinton Powell, they always stay on me. It’s just non-stop with them,” Walker said.
Muschamp gained Walker’s trust over the summer and has kept that bond going with the four-star prospect. Florida’s recruiting efforts haven’t quite made Walker ‘hate’ him, but he’s still sold on the Tide at this time.
“I still trust him, still love him,’ Walker said of Muschamp, “but right now all I can say is, ‘Roll Tide.’ I’m 110 percent committed. I just don’t like getting stuck in the house so I might go take some visits. I don’t know (if that will change things). I feel like right now, nobody can beat Alabama. They are recruiting me real hard and with everything I want to do in my life, they got it for me.”
Walker will visit Alabama on Sept. 29 for the Ole Miss game.