2013 Football Recruiting: DeMarcus Walker To Alabama Crimson Tide Over Florida Gators

2013 defensive lineman DeMarcus Walker has made his decision and it’s not good news for the Florida Gators. On Friday night, Walker committed to the Alabama Crimson Tide over the instate orange and blue. The decision isn’t surprising as many had pegged Walker as a member of Bama’s class.

Walker was on many a Florida fan’s wishlist, but fit may have played a role in his decision to head to Alabama. Walker feels he can play an important role for a team that has been at the top of college football for the past few years.

Although the announcement was predicted to bring good news for Bama, Florida may not have even finished second in the race. Auburn was in it until the very end for Walker and it seemed a sure thing that he would leave the state of Florida to play college football.

With plenty of names still on their board, recruiting is far from over for the Gators. Walker was a big name that got away, but one they were probably not banking on for a while now.

2013 Football Recruiting: Demarcus Walker Not Close To Decision, But Florida Gators Make Impression

Jacksonville, FL (Sandalwood) defensive end Demarcus Walker still has a healthy number of schools on his list, but the Florida Gators are gaining ground with the four-star recruit ($).

Last Friday, Walker visited Gainesville and had a chance to sit down and talk with the coaches; specifically head coach Will Muschamp and defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. The discussions went well and gave confidence to both sides. The Gators had a chance to meet with Walker one-on-one, and Walker felt his relationship with Muschamp and Quinn took a beneficial turn.

“You know at a point and time I felt that I really couldn’t trust the coaching staff there. I spoke with Coach Quinn and Muschamp and realized that I could trust them. They had always been nice to me but I guess the bond just wasn’t really there, but talking with Coach Muschamp you just really see who he really is and I liked that a lot.” – Demarcus Walker, 2013 Defensive End

The visit helped Florida gain ground, but the Gators aren’t at the top of Walker’s list just yet. Then again, no one program seems to be. Walker includes Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, LSU, Southern Cal and Tennessee among the other schools he’s considering. He hopes to visit a number of schools during July and make his final decision on August 3. That could prove beneficial to the Gators as his final visit will be to Florida during Friday Night Lights on July 27.

All four major recruiting services list Walker as a four-star prospect. At his position – strongside defensive end – he falls between No. 3 (ESPN, which lists all defensive ends together) and No. 11 (Rivals). Overall, he falls between No. 43 (247Sports) and No. 120 (Rivals).

In terms of where he could end up, well, it’s anyone’s guess, but 247 and Rivals attempt to role the dice. 247 lists Alabama and Florida all alone in the “Warmer” category, while Rivals has Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida and Tennessee listed as “High.” Time will tell with Walker, but that time is quickly counting down to August 3.

2013 Football Recruiting: Top Targets To Camp With Florida Gators, Will Muschamp

The Florida Gators kick off a number of football camps this weekend with numerous recruits in attendance. The 2012 Will Muschamp Gators Football Camp begins on Saturday, June 9 and runs through Tuesday, June 12. It includes two mini camps, two four-day camps, a kicking camp, and a camp for younger players.

The Gators will host a solid number of recruits from each of the next few recruiting classes, but don’t expect any from the 2013 class to participate. Among those in attendance will be: quarterbacks Heys McMath and Asiantii Woulard, wide receiver Richard Benjamin, defensive tackle Greg Gilmore, defensive ends Antonio Riles, Jordan Sherit and DeMarcus Walker, and cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III. Current Florida defensive tackle commit Caleb Brantley is also schedule to be in attendance.

McMath and Woulard are two to keep an eye on. Florida hopes to add a quarterback as part of the 2013 class, but continues to miss out on prospects. As top targets commit elsewhere, Muschamp and the coaching staff have to refocus their efforts and move on. This seems to be happening quite a bit lately, so the hope is visits by the two passers this weekend is a turn in the right direction.