2017 QB: 'I loved it up there'

First impressions are big for not only relationships, but for recruiting as well. Wednesday marked the initial impression of the University of Alabama for coveted class of 2017 quarterback Jack Walker, a legacy elsewhere in the SEC West.

Madison (Miss.) Central High quarterback Jack Walker wants to play in the SEC, so he has just under two years to make it happen.

ACC program Miami has already offered the class of 2017 prospect, whose father (Kevin) played for the homestate Bulldogs of Mississippi State.

On Wednesday, he delved deeper into the SEC West, with his first visit to Tuscaloosa. Along with his mother and sister, he got to see campus, the facilities, Bryant-Denny Stadium and sat down with Nick Saban.

"Yeah, I loved it up there," he said. "Coaches and facilities were great. I will be back this summer for a camp and Coach Saban said that's when they will really evaluate me and maybe offer me.

"It's (Alabama) one of my favorites right now."

Walker reports that the best part of the trip was the interaction not only with the champion coach, but with offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin.

"Having a meeting with Coach Saban and coach Kiffin and getting to know them," he said. "Him (Saban) and Coach Kiffin really liked me. They said I'm one of their top targets for the 2017 class and want to come to a camp and a game."

At 6-foot-3, 208 pounds, the Magnolia State talent has coveted size and many of America's top programs have shown interest at this early juncture.

While Kevin Walker couldn't make this trip, the rest of the family on hand felt similarly about the Capstone as the family passer did.

"They loved it," he said. "Thought the coaches were awesome and said that would be a school they would want me to play for.

"We visited around campus and went to the stadium and that was awesome. We went to some of the stores and got some T-shirts. Campus was nice, too. I (was surprised) by the size of the campus and the weight room. They were bigger then any I've seen."

Aside from the elder Mr. Walker, there are plenty of other minor family ties to the conference the rising-junior wants to play in.

"I'm pretty much wide open," he said. "Leaning to play in the SEC right now. It's the toughest conference in college football. I always want to be playing against the highest competition."

Walker, who has also visited Mississippi State and Tennessee as a prospect, plans on seeing Clemson and Georgia next.


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