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.