Memphis Linebacker Visits Alabama

Chris Walker, from Memphis-Christian Brothers, (Tenn.), is one of the top linebackers in the South with an impressive list of scholarship offers. He was in Tuscaloosa Wednesday for an unofficial visit with the Crimson Tide. He talks about his time at the Capstone.

"I just got back from Alabama today," said Chris Walker from Memphis, (Tenn.). "That visit went real well. I liked the coaches and everything. I met with coach [Mike] Shula for a while. I went for A-day, but I didn't get to see much. The coaches wanted me back for some one-on-one time."

"I liked the place and the coaches. I met a few of the players. They all seemed real cool. The players seem to really like it down there. Everything is going in the right direction."

"I love the facilities. They have one of biggest weight rooms I have ever seen. Alabama is committed in getting their players bigger, stronger and faster. They are doing renovations. I believe they spent 54-million dollars on the stadium. They have a new locker room and club seats. It's real nice."

Walker (6-2, 215-pounds) spent a lot of quality time with coach Mike Shula and with several other coaches as well.

"I met coach Shula for good while," Walker said. "He said if I can get everything together I have can play as a freshman. He said if I wanted to start that would be up to me. He was real encouraging."

"I met with coach [Sparky] Woods, coach [David] Turner and coach [Joe] Kines. I think they had mostly everyone on staff there today. I enjoyed talking to coach Kines. He has been around the game for a long time. He told me this upcoming season would be his 41st year of coaching. They want me to come play middle linebacker."

"Coach Woods is my recruiting coach. He is real cool, and I like him a lot. He is down to earth. He is a genuine guy."

Walker is trying to fit additonal unofficial visits into his schedule before his senior season, and he knows of three official visits he plans to take.

"I am trying to get to Michigan and Miami," he said. "I am running out of time because two-a-days start July 31. I need to start making school cuts."

"I think I am going to Alabama for an official the weekend of the Iron Bowl. I know I am taking one to LSU and Tennessee as well. I haven't scheduled those dates yet."

When asked favorites Walker said, "I really don't have a top five as of yet. I need to see those other schools before I can really narrow it down. I would say right now Alabama, Tennessee and LSU have a lead over everyone else. Those three schools are all pretty much equal."

"I plan to wait until after my visits," he said of his time-frame for a decision. "I am going to try to take most of them during the season, but I might take some afterward."

Walker has his priorities in order for the determining factors of his college decision.

"My deciding factor will be academics," he said. "Football isn't promised everyday. I want to get a good degree. I want to have a good relationship with the players and coaches. I don't want to go somewhere I'll be unhappy. I plan to major in sports medicine or physical therapy. I want to find a good school for that major."

Stay tuned to Scout.com as we continue to bring you the latest recruiting news with Chris Walker.


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