Visit makes Vols Walker's favorite

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When the answer to what stood out about a campus visit is "everything," then that university has a terrific chance at landing that particular prospect.

That was the exact response Malik Walker had when questioned about his junior day trip this month to Tennessee.

"Everything, man. I just love being here," Walker told InsideTennessee. "Everything that Tennessee has provided for me."

It was the Macon County (Ga.) High School sophomore defensive tackle's first trip to Rocky Top but it was enough to rocket Tennessee to the head of the pack of favorites.

"They're at the top," Walker said.

He is teammates in the Peach State with Scout four-star junior linebacker Roquan Smith. Both sat down with Tennessee coach Butch Jones, which stuck out as well.

"That talk I had with coach Jones about how he would love to have me and my friend Roquan Smith here," said Walker, who also saw the Big Orange participate in a spring practice. "I love how they competed out there, going up with one-on-ones. We do a lot of that down at Macon County."

The 6-foot-1, 260-pounder got his Tennessee offer close to two months ago.

"I was shocked," Walker said. "Where I'm from, I didn't know they were going to provide an offer like that. I figured they were going to check out my film."

The prospect said he speaks with Vols defensive coordinator John Jancek "a lot."

Other FBS-level programs to offer the Montezuma, Ga., resident are Georgia Tech and UCLA. Walker says he speaks with Bruins coaches often and may visit the Golden State this summer.

The D-tackle says he grew up a fan of the Georgia Bulldogs "but I'm going to pick wherever I feel like I'm coming home." He added that the Georgia staff not offering to this point isn't bothersome.

Macon County competes in GHSA Class AA. The Bulldogs reached the playoffs but fell in the opening round to eventual semifinalist Benedictine.


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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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