- Greg Ostendorf, ESPN Staff Writer
ESPNU 150 Watchlist member DeMarcus Walker has over a dozen offers, including one from the Crimson Tide. This weekend, the highly coveted defensive end from Florida made his first ever trip to the University of Alabama campus for junior day.
“It was fun,” Walker said of his time in Tuscaloosa. “It was a good experience. I hung out with the coaches and hung out with the players. The highlight was hanging out with Reuben Foster and sitting down one-on-one with Coach (Nick) Saban. Alabama is a great school.”
Foster, a five-star on ESPN.com, committed to the Crimson Tide last July. He was scheduled to visit Gainesville for Florida’s junior day on Saturday but changed his plans and attended UA’s junior day instead.
“He’s great,” Walker said of Foster. “I asked him what made him commit, and he was like ‘Coach (Kirby) Smart and the coaching staff.’ They were talking about how good it would be if me and him were on the same defense. I’m thinking about that.”
At 6-foot-3, 255 pounds, Walker has the size and skill to potentially play the Jack linebacker position for Alabama. He starts at defensive end in Sandalwood High School’s 4-3 defense but is intrigued by the possibilities at UA.
Walker sat down with Coach Saban on his visit to talk about how he would fit in on the Crimson Tide’s 3-4 defense.
“He was just giving me facts about Alabama’s programs, what the academic situation is, how they put players in the NFL,” Walker said. “He told me with the athletic ability I have, I could play the Jack (linebacker), and I kind of agree with him because the position can better my chances of playing in the NFL.”
He and five-star wide receiver Ahmad Fulwood, another Jacksonville native, were two of the premiere recruits on campus over the weekend.
After the visit, Walker said Alabama moved up on his list. The 2013 star plans to make a decision prior to his senior season.
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