This big man can run

When recruiting linemen for college football, it's all about size, speed and versatility. The recent commitment by Nick Walker to sign with Alabama promises to bring one of the most athletic tight ends in the state to The Capstone.

Listed at 6-5, 235, Nick Walker has the frame to easily put on more weight and the speed (4.83 best clocking in the 40) to play in the SEC.

Nick Walker was one of two tight ends to commit to sign with Alabama this week.

He plays tight end for Brundidge's Pike County High School, which is the position he was recruited to play in college. But clearly there is also the potential to add bulk and strength, which means he could conceivably project at defensive end or offensive tackle. Those decisions will wait on nature (and the Alabama weight room) to take their course. For now, Walker is a tight end. Recruiting Editor Freddie Kirby talked with Walker this week about his decision for commit to the Tide. Nick what were your reasons for choosing Alabama?

Nick Walker: Basically it is a great place to go to school, it is close to home, and it has always been my dream to play at Alabama. How many offers did you have and from whom?

Nick Walker: 6 offers - Alabama, UAB, West Virginia, Louisville, Southern Miss, and Troy State What are the strengths of your game and what are the weaknesses you need to improve?

Nick Walker: My strength is running after the catch and recognizing the defenses for opportunities to make catches. I pick up blocks well but I feel I release too quick sometimes. My weakness is my overall blocking technique because I am not asked to block much in our offensive scheme. What is your mindset toward playing another position?

Nick Walker: I want to play tight end, but I can play wherever they put me. I'm open to the coaches and where they see me best in my future. Have you met Coach Shula and what were your impressions?

Nick Walker: I talked to him the night I committed and he said I made a great decision. He told me to have fun my senior year and come in ready to play. What games have you attended at Alabama this year?

Nick Walker: Oklahoma and Arkansas

Chris Nickson (left) and Walker (right) both attended Alabama's mini-camp this summer. What are your impressions of Alabama's team this year and how can you help?

Nick Walker: I think they have played well and should have won a couple more games. I really like their offense because the only thing they are missing is a pass receiving tight end and I can take care of that problem.

RECRUITING NOTES: Along with the recent news that Trent Davidson was also committing to sign with the Tide, Alabama now has two excellent tight end prospects already in the 2004 recruiting fold.

Walker attended Alabama's summer mini-camp held at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa. Seeing and working with him in person, the Tide coaches were particularly impressed with Walker's all-around athleticism and speed. He moves very well for an athlete his size.

Walker's cousin and teammate, Chris Nickson, was offered a scholarship to play quarterback by previous Tide head coach Mike Price. Coach Shula has told Nickson that Alabama will honor that offer. However, Nickson has been told that the current staff is not recruiting him to play quarterback.

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