JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Four-star DeMarcus Walker (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood) announced his commitment to Alabama Friday afternoon on ESPNU, but the nation's No. 3-ranked defensive end said later in the day that his recruitment is far from over.
Walker said in an interview with TideNation's Greg Ostendorf despite his commitment to the Tide, he plans to take all five official visits to LSU, Auburn, Alabama, Tennessee and USC. Noticeably absent was Florida, a school that had been considered one of his leaders for the last several months.
Walker said on Friday after Sandalwood's preseason 29-27 victory over Orlando Evans that he still plans to unnofficially visit Florida this fall.
"Oh yeah, oh yeah, most definitely," Walker said when asked if he would visit Gainesville. "It's right down the street from me, it's the home school. I want to see how things are with them."
Walker, who totaled three tackles including one sack and one tackle-for-loss in limited playing time, threw up the "A" sign with his hands after two of his three tackles. The 6-foot-4, 271-pound Walker said the Gators started recruiting him too late in the process, but they are not completely out of the race for his services.
"I'll tell it to you like this," Walker said. "I could have been committed to them if they would have offered me earlier. The thing about it was they took so long to offer and I kind of fell out of love with them. I was kind of hurt by that. I talked to coach [Will] Muschamp this morning. He told me, 'Hey man you're going to hate me because I'm going to recruit you so hard, it's not the same.' So that's what I'm saying, it's not over ... it's not over."
Whether Walker is solid in his commitment to the Crimson Tide or not, he says whatever team gets him will get getting a hard worker.
"Top notch, five-star," Walker said, "never letting down and well conditioned. That's what kind of player I am."