Walker provides much-needed pass rusher

It has been a rough summer for the University of Alabama on the recruiting trail. Top target Robert Nkemdiche, the nation's No. 1 overall player, committed to Clemson in June, and a month later, five-star linebacker Reuben Foster flipped to in-state rival Auburn.

But, with the season fast approaching, the Crimson Tide made a big splash on Friday when ESPN 150 defensive end DeMarcus Walker committed to UA.

If there were ever a consolation prize for Nkemdiche, Walker would be it. At 6-foot-4, 276 pounds, he has the ability to play with his hand down or standing up. Alabama likes him as a Jack linebacker, but hes also big enough to play the five-technique if needed.