Walker goes with the Gators

DeVon Walker won't be attending college far from home. The talented wing picked Billy Donovan and the Gators on Friday.

The Florida Gators added another piece to their 2012 recruiting class.

After mulling over a handful of schools in recent months DeVon Walker, a 6-foot-6 wing prospect, sliced his list to Alabama and Florida. On Friday he made his pick for the Gators.

"He basically was a toss up between them and Alabama," Shadrick Davis, Walker's step dad, said. "He thought that he would rather play closer to home and in his home state. He wanted to represent his own state. He thought that was a great thing to do."

Prior to cutting down his list, Walker also had strong interest from Kansas State, Central Florida, Georgia, Clemson and others.

"They were honest and up front," Davis told Scout.com. "They wanted to recruit him and they wanted to see what their team was going to be like with the Brad Beal situation, but they kept recruiting him throughout the process."

Florida assistant coach Matt McCall was the point on Walker's recruitment.

"We've been knowing Matt McCall since he was FAU," Davis said.

"It's great," he said of their relationship with McCall. "He's come down numerous times. He came when he was at FAU. As soon as he got to Gainesville he called and said he still wanted to recruit DeVon. He came down a few times. He told coach Donovan about DeVon."

Walker is holding a ceremony at his school -- Winter Haven (Fla.) High -- at 1:00 p.m. ET to make his choice official.

Walker will become Florida's fourth commitment in the 2012 class. He joins four-star guards Braxton Ogbueze and Michael Frazier, as well as three-star shooter Dillon Graham.


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