Tigers On The Rise For Talented D-Lineman

Four-star defensive lineman Demarcus Walker talks about visiting Auburn and what surprised him about the Tigers.

Jacksonville, Fla.—One of the top defensive line prospects in the country, four-star Demarcus Walker from Sandalwood High School, was on the Auburn campus this week to check out Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers.

An athletic defender capable of playing inside or outside with his 6-3, 280 frame, Walker said he liked everything he heard from the Tigers.

"It was pretty good," Walker said. "I loved it. It was better than I thought. This could be a really good decision for me. I'm going to talk it over with my parents, but I can see myself coming to Auburn.

"I didn't really think much about Auburn after what happened in the past season," he added. "But with VanGorder (Brian VanGorder) here, coming from the Falcons and having a very good defense and lots of coaching experience, I see things can change."

With a top eight of Auburn, Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Tennessee and USC, Walker has plenty of football powerhouse programs on his radar heading into his senior year. After having the opportunity to see Auburn in person he said at the moment they may have moved in front.

"Auburn is high, high," Walker said. "Everybody who is in my top eight is pretty high, but Auburn sticks out more than anybody so far. I still have some more visits to take.

"I have been on a couple of visits and Auburn took it to the next level," he added. "Going to USC, LSU and Clemson, those might stick out even farther. I'm also going to visit Florida and Florida State."

Demarcus Walker

One of the reasons Auburn has moved up so much on Walker's list is VanGorder. Coming to Auburn from the Atlanta Falcons and having the NFL pedigree is something the standout defensive lineman said speaks volumes to him.

"I spent most of my time with Coach (Mike) Pelton and VanGorder," Walker said. "Me and him going on the board and him testing to see what I've got, it kind of made us bond. That came out pretty good.

"He went over if I went into the draft and had an interview how they're going to question me, take me on the board, interrogate me," he added. "He just took me through the experience so when the times comes I will know how to come at it."

Planning to narrow his list to a top three later in the summer, Walker said he could make a decision early if the timing is right, but he doesn't have a set date in mind. He said that he's got certain things he is looking for and when it all comes together for him he'll know what to do.

"I'm looking for great academics," Walker said. "I want the chance to play early. I need to have a good bond with the coaches. It needs to be a good program.

"I might commit early, it just depends on how I feel," he added. "I'll do some praying about it."

As a junior Walker was named First-Team All-State after recording 14 sacks and 24 tackles for a loss in 2011.


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