Walker has 'high expectations' for Vols visit

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Scout three-star safety Marcus Walker, who picked up a Tennessee offer last week, chuckles when asked which Vols coaches he hears from most.

"Let's see, there's the defensive back coach (Willie) Martinez and coach (Robert) Gillespie," Walker told InsideTennessee. "And then there's coach Cecil Cherry. I hear from that coach most, man."

Walker, who owns more than 25 offers, admits he knows little about Tennessee.

That is, other than what his close friend and Vols Class of 2015 linebacker commit has told him.

"(Cherry) and I, we real, real close," Walker said. "He's always talking to me about the Vols and telling me how great of a place it is and how they're going to be dominating soon and all that."

The Lake Wales (Fla.) High School standout plans to visit Tennessee, Arkansas, Michigan State and Miami this summer.

Walker says he has "very, very" high expectations for his upcoming visit to Knoxville because of all Cherry has told him.

"(Cherry) always tells me that once you visit Tennessee, you basically have to commit," Walker told IT. "He says the coaches make you feel like home and the facilities are so crazy. He says it's just the best place and when you're there, it's just like, dang. He said those Tennessee coaches make you feel like family more than any coaches in the country."

And if the Vols' coaches can make Walker feel at home, they may just have a shot at landing his signed National Letter of Intent.

"A really solid relationship with coaches, that's what matters most in my recruitment," Walker said. "I want the coaches to make me feel wanted and special. But I always want to know their the best and can get me to the NFL."

The 6-foot-3, 175-pounder calls his relationship with Martinez "still growing," but dubs his rapport with Gillespie "really strong."

"Coach G and I, we are really, really tight," Walker told IT. "He's one good dude. I like him a lot. He gives it to you straight."

But more than its coaches and nice facilities, Tennessee may have a slight advantage over some of the program's Walker plans to visit this summer simply by belonging to the SEC.

"Playing in the SEC would mean a lot to me," Walker said. "I take that seriously. That's the best football and the best players in the country. You want to play in the NFL, man, you play in the SEC."

Walker claims his recruitment is "wide open" at the moment and hopes his summer visits will help him develop a clear-cut list of leaders.

Along with the schools he plans to visit, Walker also names Virginia and UCF as programs that are "sticking out."


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