A Team Player

MARIETTA, Ga. - Four-star defensive end D'Andre Walker isn't a selfish teammate.

D'Andre Walker, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound defensive end from Fairburn, Ga. is waiting until the last second possible to announce where he'll be playing his college football, but not because he wants to stay in the spotlight that much longer. When asked when he would announce his final decision, the 2015 defensive end out of Langston Hughes High said he would wait until National Signing Day or the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

"So I can weigh all my options and so my teammates can get the exposure, because I feel like if I were to commit everything would slow down a little bit and coaches would stop coming to practice," Walker said. "My teammates wouldn't get the type of exposure they need."

With the date of the announcement nearly squared away, the only part of the process remaining is to make the actual decision.

Two coaches Walker has had the most contact with him are Georgia's Jeremy Pruitt and Auburn's Rodney Garner. Walker has high regards for both defensive coaches, but noted Pruitt's energy - like many players do.

"He's passionate," Walker said. "We sat down and he showed me where I would play in the defense and when he's talking about football, he's talking about football and into it and excited, and I like that."

Walker is also aware of Georgia's recent issues with arrests of four of its players. That hasn't changed Walker's impression of the culture in Athens, though.

"It's quiet. People are getting in trouble, but I don't see how they're getting in trouble," Walker said. "It is what it is. It's how they build themselves, but I like it. It feels comfortable; home, and not too far."

A big part of Walker's ultimate decision will be based on emotion. He wants to play at a place where he and fans in the stadium get excited on game day. On his visit to Auburn, head coach Gus Malzahn showed Walker some game footage that gave him goosebumps.

"I just like (Malzahn)," Walker said. "I like him. I like his highlight tape. He sat down and showed us a highlight tape, and it just got my blood flowing, so I like that."

Time to match that emotion - your move Georgia.


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