Alabama has landed a fast-rising prospect in the 2018 class with the addition of 4-star linebacker Quay Walker, according to SEC Country's Chris Kirschner.
"I have connected with Coach [Nick] Saban," Walker said, per Kirschner. "He’s a coach who I’ve built a good relationship with. The same goes with Coach [Derrick] Ansley, Coach [Tosh] Lupoi and Coach [Jeremy] Pruitt. My relationship with them has grown over these past weeks and months.”
Walker is ranked No. 130 overall in his class and the No. 11 outside linebacker, per Scout.com.
At 6'3", 215 pounds, the linebacker has good size for the position that could allow him to be even more effective as he continues to add strength.
The Georgia native has shown impressive versatility on the field, proving the ability to excel against both the run and the pass. He can blitz into the backfield or drop into coverage. A player with this type of athleticism gives defensive coordinators plenty of options throughout a game while giving offensive coordinators fits on the other sideline.
This ability makes it little surprise Walker was coveted by many of the top programs around the country, including most of the SEC. The challenge was narrowing down his options.
"All schools basically say the same thing, so it gets kind of confusing," he said after his junior season, per Jordan D. Hill of the Telegraph. "I just want a school that will accept me for who I am, not just as a football player but even as a person."
In the end, he chose a team that has produced some of the best defenses in the country over the past few years.
Alabama is known for its ability to develop NFL players, especially on the defensive side of the ball, and Walker will try to be the next in line. Although there will be plenty of competition for playing time early in his career, the young player should be able to make an impact before too long.