Four-star Walker names top schools

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If Tennessee wants to put pressure on opposing quarterbacks without having to use an array of blitz packages, it needs athletic defensive ends with ample speed coming off the edge.

D'Andre Walker …come on down.

Volunteers coaches let the Langston Hughes (Ga.) High School standout know Saturday during an unofficial visit he's a wanted man. The message, Walker said, was to "just to stay in contact so we can build a relationship and the defense that I'd play."

The Scout four-star says he'd fit in Tennessee's defensive scheme, led by coordinator John Jancek. He added that he likes the colors the Volunteers don. Coach Butch Jones left an impression, too.

"I like the head coach," Walker said. "He's about business. He likes to look good. If you look good, you feel good. If you feel good, you play good."

Walker and Langston Hughes teammates saw one of the first practices under the then-new coaching staff at Tennessee last March.

He currently has 32 scholarship offers. The Vols placed one on the table almost a full year from Saturday.

"It helps. I guess you can say it helps," Walker said. "Then, it helps for me to keep coming back. I feel comfortable."

The most important factor in his recruitment is both playing time and academics.

"Coming in, starting as a true freshman and getting an education," he said.

"Georgia and Auburn" stick out to him. Auburn and South Carolina are expected to host him soon.

Playing in the Southeastern Conference is something he finds attractive.

"Yes, I would say football-wise but I think education-wise the ACC would be best," said Walker, who wants to major in Mass Communications.

Walker sizes up currently at 6 feet 2, 213 pounds. His size has him ranked as the No. 9 outside linebacker in the country.

"I would like to play defensive end," he says. "I can stop the run…I can do it but my thing is getting after the quarterback."

To stay at D-end, packing on weight will be important. He says he wants to be 220-225 "that's a good size."

"Yes, it is (easy to add weight)," he said. "Then, at the same time, they was like, 'Don't worry about it.' Once you get here they'll put it on you."

A return trip to Rocky Top hasn't been scheduled but Walker says one is coming.

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Danny Parker is currently the Managing Editor, Recruiting Analyst and Staff Photographer for InsideTennessee.com. He was previously the sports editor at Shelbyville Times-Gazette. He joined the Scout team July 2011.
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