- Craig Haubert, ESPN Staff Writer
You don’t often see a team win the BCS National Championship and lose a commitment at the same time, but ESPN 150 defensive line prospect DeMarcus Walker (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood) changed his verbal from Alabama to Florida State, where he’ll join former Alabama assistant and new Seminoles defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt.
The loss of Walker can be considered a bit of a blow for Alabama, as he looked to be an ideal fit as a DL in the base 3-4 scheme, but that doesn’t mean he can’t fit well in a base 4-3. While listed as a defensive end, the fairly versatile D-lineman will likely be utilized as more of an interior player for the Seminoles.
With Walker, FSU is getting a player who possesses very good short space quickness and with his size, continued size potential and raw strength he can develop into a stout run defender. He needs more polish, but is capable of being consistently disruptive as an interior pass rusher. The ESPN 150 prospect needs to keep developing his game and be more consistent in technique to fully maximize his abilities, which could limit his contribution some initially. However, overall this is a player with a good natural ability who can grow into a highly productive defensive lineman for the Seminoles.
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