- Craig Haubert, ESPN Staff Writer
Alabama added a big commitment Friday to their top five 2013 class as they gained a verbal from ESPN 150 defender DeMarcus Walker (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood). The No. 3 rated defensive end is a versatile D-lineman with very good physical tools. Walker, who has slimmed down to 265 pounds for his senior season, said he is going to Tuscaloosa to play the Jack linebacker, but we feel he will likely fit better in the 5-technique role in Alabama’s scheme.
Walker is a good athlete for his size and could potentially play Jack, but has the tools to develop into a player who can be more like a Marcell Dareus than a Courtney Upshaw in the Crimson Tide's defense. Additionally, the Tide have a verbal from Jonathan Allen (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge) the No. 5 rated D-end who better fits that Jack LB position.
With Walker, Alabama 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 who can not only occupy blocks, but also makes plays as well. He needs more polish, but is capable of being consistently disruptive as a pass rusher.
Walker's initial contribution could be limited some because he needs to keep developing his game and be more consistent in technique to maximize his abilities. However, he is a very good prospect with a lot of natural ability who can grow into a highly productive defensive lineman for the Crimson Tide's defense.
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