DeMarcus Walker Makes His Crimson Decision
With his great size, quickness, solid strength and scheme versatility, Walker became a wanted man very quickly on the recruiting trail. He narrowed his choices down to Alabama and Florida and chose the Crimson Tide on Friday.
He is the 19th commitment for Alabama for 2013 and joins a class that is already headlined by TE O.J. Howard, QB Cooper Bateman, RB Altee Tenpenny and CB Maurice Smith.
Walker is an excellent prospect that can play strong-side DE and DT in a 40-front scheme while also being capable of playing DE in a 30-front scheme, which is the usual base defense Alabama runs.
An athletic DL, Walker shows a long frame that still has growth potential. I think he can easily get up to 300 pounds if necessary at Alabama while still keeping his snap quickness and athleticism.
Walker has the ability to keep blockers out of his body while locating the ball-carrier quickly and using athletic ability, short area pursuit speed and instincts to make the stop.
Walker can get off the ball in a hurry to jump on top of blockers, beating them out of their stance. He shows the potential to be able to convert speed to power as a pass-rusher while using his length and fight to pressure to menace the pocket.
This is a defensive player Alabama covets year in and year out because of his versatility and ability to play different positions along the defensive trenches. Walker reminds me a bit of 2011 Alabama signee Jeoffrey Pagan.
Edwin Weathersby has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and the Arena Football League's Las Vegas Gladiators. He spent a year evaluating prep prospects and writing specific recruiting and scouting content articles for Student Sports Football (now ESPN Rise-HS). A syndicated scout and writer, he's also contributed to WeAreSC.com, GatorBait.net and Diamonds in the Rough Inc., a college football and NFL draft magazine.
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