Walker provides much-needed pass rusher 

August, 24, 2012

It has been a rough summer for the University of Alabama on the recruiting trail. Top target Robert Nkemdiche, the nation's No. 1 overall player, committed to Clemson in June, and a month later, five-star linebacker Reuben Foster flipped to in-state rival Auburn.

But, with the season fast approaching, the Crimson Tide made a big splash on Friday when ESPN 150 defensive end DeMarcus Walker committed to UA.

If there were ever a consolation prize for Nkemdiche, Walker would be it. At 6-foot-4, 276 pounds, he has the ability to play with his hand down or standing up. Alabama likes him as a Jack linebacker, but hes also big enough to play the five-technique if needed.

More than anything, he gives the Tide a much-needed pass rusher off the edge.

When Walker told the UA coaching staff of his intentions, he said head coach Nick Saban said it was about time, referring to the fact that they needed a pass rusher in this class, and it's about time they got one.

Alabama already has a commitment from four-star defensive end/linebacker Jonathan Allen (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge), but he has the versatility to play either outside linebacker position at the next level.

Including Allen, only five of the Tides 18 commitments projected to play on the defensive side of the ball. From here on out, the rest of Alabama's class might fill up with a majority of defensive players, and Walker's commitment on Friday was a strong start.

With news that Auburn finished a close second for Walker, it will be interesting to see how his recruitment plays out, and if there will be another Tide-Tigers battle leading up to signing day.

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