Last week ESPN 300 wide receiver Dominic Walker (Orlando, Fla./Evans) committed to Vanderbilt after naming the SEC program as his favorite in May. Over the weekend the 6-foot-2, 194-pound senior participated with Orlando Top Recruits at the IMG Madden Football 7-on-7 national championships and talked about why he chose the Commodores over Texas A&M and Florida State.
"I thought about committing to FSU when my teammates committed there in February," Walker said. "But I held off because I wanted to see a few more schools and Vanderbilt just really impressed me.
"Seeing where the program is heading and how the players respond to coach [James] Franklin really left a good impression on me and that's why I named them my favorite."
Walker was the second four-star Orlando-area prospect Vanderbilt grabbed last week. Earlier in the week Landon Stokes (Orlando/Lake Highland Prep) committed during an unofficial visit. Walker had offers from Georgia, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Florida, West Virginia, Louisville and several others.
"I felt good about Vanderbilt because I think it's an program on the rise," Walker added. "The players and the roster is getting better and they want to win the SEC and compete for titles on a regular basis. Playing in the SEC was a big deal because that's the best football right now."
"Also the academics are top notch so they have the best of both worlds. It's a great opportunity and more big-time players are seeing that when they visit there."
Walker admits it was tough not to join in the celebration when his teammates Tony Walker and Ro'Derrick Hoskins, both ESPN 150 prospects, committed to FSU. However, he feels like waiting for a while allowed him to find the best opportunity.
"I felt like I had to do what was the best for me," Walker said. "I thought about committing with them. They are my good friends and my teammates but I had to make sure I was going where my future was best."
Despite Walker's commitment there's a good chance he'll see some of the other programs that were in his top group.
"I will still take all my officials," Walker said. "My first might be to Texas A&M when they play Florida. I'll take one to Florida State and Nebraska too. But hopefully the one I take to Vandy will be the one that beats them all."