Thursday, December 27, 2012
ESPN 300 WR Walker deciding Sunday
By Sam Khan Jr.
HOUSTON -- Orlando (Fla.) Evans receiver Dominic Walker is one of the many talented players participating in the 2013 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl, which will be held on Sunday at Reliant Stadium.
The ESPN 300 prospect, who is ranked 34th in the nation amongst receivers, said he is planning to announce a decision on the day of the game.
"I'm considering Nebraska, Florida State and Cincinnati," Walker said.
The 6-foot-2, 194-pound four-star prospect originally committed to Vanderbilt in June but decommitted after taking an official visit to Nebraska. That part of the process was stressful, Walker said.
"They had issues with me taking my official visits," Walker said. "They weren't with that so they were talking about taking my offer away so I just said 'If y'all want to do me like that, I'll just decommit.' So I decommitted from there. That was the stressful part. The fun part has been taking visits, getting on planes, staying in hotels and just experiencing new things."
The official visit to Nebraska came on Sept. 28 and Walker liked a lot of what he saw in Lincoln, Neb.
"Just the family atmosphere, the way they treat their players and stuff," Walker said. "The fans, the atmosphere up there and the stadium, 86,000 fans each and every game. The faculty, the coaches, they're great as well. They came to my house and they're recruiting me very hard."
Florida State is close to home and Walker has taken several unofficial visits there. His teammate, ESPN 150 OLB Ro'derrick Hoskins -- who is also participating in the Offense-Defense Bowl -- is committed to the Seminoles.
"It's an in-state school in case I want to stay close to home," Walker said. "They were my first offer too. My teammate committed there too, so that gives me a thought."
Cincinnati was in the mix but the exit of coach Butch Jones, now the new coach at Tennessee, has affected the Bearcats' status in Walker's eyes.
"Cincy, they just got a new coach; they kind of fell off a little bit," Walker said. "I'm still talking to them. Ever since coach Butch Jones left, I haven't really thought much about them. It's probably not going to be them. It's probably going to be down to Nebraska and Florida State."
Walker noted that even when he announces his commitment, he'll still listen to other schools possibly up until national signing day. Tennessee is a school that could potentially be a landing spot. The Volunteers offered Walker even before Jones arrived as the head coach and his presence in Knoxville, Tenn., doesn't hurt in Walker's eyes.
"I've been in touch with Tennessee," Walker said. "They offered me before he was even there. They could [get in the mix]. Even when I commit, I'm going to be committed but I'm going to still explore and talk to other coaches and see what's out there still."
In the coming days at the Offense-Defense Bowl, Walker's focused on improvement.
"I just want to get better each and every day while I'm out here with all these players," Walker said. "Having fun, learning new things and just competing."