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Saturday, March 2, 2013
2015 DE almost made commitment

By Kipp Adams

ATLANTA  -- Sophomore D’Andre Walker (Fairburn, Ga./Langston Hughes) has made quite a name for himself already. The 6-foot-3, 213-pound defensive end tallied 105 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 21 sacks, two forced fumbles, two recovered fumbles and a blocked punt last season while helping his team to a 10-2 record and its first playoff berth in school history.

He was rewarded with his first scholarship offer last month, which caught him completely off guard.

“I got the news about my first offer from UNC during lunch period at school and I almost threw my tray on a classmate,” Walker said. “I just could not believe it.”

Soon after, Walker got the news during a visit to Georgia that he also had an offer to play for the in-state Bulldogs, which he almost accepted immediately.

“It was pretty close -- it was that close to me committing to Georgia,” Walker said. “I have liked them since I was seven and I always wanted to play ‘Between the Hedges.’ On the visit I liked how they treated me, how great the food tasted, and their weight training program. They said if I came there I would get much quicker.”

Walker is not slow now by any means, especially given the fact that he still has two years left to physically develop. On Saturday he braved the freezing weather to record some impressive numbers at the Nike SPARQ Combine.

“I ran a 4.63 in the 40 and my vertical was 36 inches,” Walker said. “That is pretty good I think.”

The sophomore hopes to hear from programs such as Alabama, Auburn, Florida, LSU and Oregon as well.