Jag Recruiting: Size Matters

In their recent matchup against FBS team NC State, the most stark difference between USA and their opponent was the size of the linemen. While the big Jags showed themselves equal to the task, it was obvious that getting bigger up front was a necessity as the program progresses to the Sun Belt in 2013. Their latest commit promises to help in that regard.

South Alabama has already gathered commitments from a pair of promising defensive linemen in Terrance Jones (6'2 275lbs) of Prattville and Jeffrey Gay (6'2" 260lbs) of Jacksonville. As welcome as those two additions are, however, the commitment on Monday of 6'2" 320lb Fredrick Walker puts USA on a different level when matching up with future opponents. With his surprising quickness and brute strength, Walker, who had 60 tackles and five sacks last year despite offenses trying to run away from him, will give the Jags the big nose tackle that DC Bill Clark needs to run his 3-4 defense.

Despite offers from schools like Central Florida and Georgia Southern, Walker decided to cast his lot with the new program from Mobile Alabama.

"I thought they would be the best choice for me," said Walker. "They really made me feel welcome. They would call before every game and talk to me and help me out with anything. The basically made me feel like one of their own."

A close relationship developed with South Alabama tight ends coach Bryant Vincent and the promise of early playing time are what finally sold Walker on the Jags. He anticipates having no trouble qualifying academically and to be taking the field with USA next fall. In the meanwhile he hopes to help his 4-0 Lamar County team, a squad considered the most improved 2010 playoff team in Georgia's Class AA, deep into the postseason.

With his assistance, the Jaguars hope to be making some postseason appearances themselves in the near future.

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