- Kipp Adams, Reporter, RecruitingNation
ESPN 150 defensive lineman DeMarcus Walker (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood) decided to stay in-state after all...in Tallahassee.
"I prayed," Walker said. "I just had to follow my heart. I am committed to Florida State University."
In a shocking last-minute switch, the 6-foot-4, 255-pound senior flipped from Alabama to Florida State and announced his decision just moments after the Crimson Tide defeated Notre Dame 42-14 to win back-to-back BCS National Championships. He will enroll in school tomorrow according to Sandalwood head coach Adam Geis.
"Yes he will enroll tomorrow at FSU," Geis said. "He told me tonight. He talked to Coach Pruitt earlier and told him."
Walker, the No. 35 prospect in the country, is the now the highest-rated commitment in Florida State's class of 18 prospects. He is the Seminoles’ sixth commitment in the ESPN 150.
This flip ends a wide final week in Walker’s recruitment in which he was heavily rumored to be switching to Florida. He said he wanted to take an unofficial visit to Florida after the Under Armour All-America Game but had second thoughts after meeting with Alabama linebackers coach Lance Thompson.
Pruitt, who was recently hired by FSU, has been Walker’s primary recruiter for the last two years with Alabama.
"He really liked him," Geis said. "That was his guy from the start."