Dominic Walker talks decision

Dominic Walker had his college decision broadcast locally in downtown Orlando at the Sentinel News. He had narrowed his choices to three from 25 total offers which included Vanderbilt, Texas A&M, and Florida State. Walker, a 6-foot-2, 195-wide receiver from Maynard Evans High School chose the Commodores.

"After my announcement I called Coach Gattis," said Dominic Walker. "He answered immediately and was very excited. He said he was watching it and got really nervous because I was his main guy."

Getting Walker to commit to Vanderbilt sends a big message to SEC foes Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas A&M that were among his 25 offers.

"Coach Gattis hit me up on Facebook and asked me to hit me up sometime," he said. "I wasn't interested at first because I didn't really know much about the school. The visit really is what opened my eyes. I loved the way the players reacted to Coach Franklin's enthusiasm during practice. I met some of the players like Josh Grady, Jordan Rodgers, Wesley Tate, and all of the wide receivers. I liked all of the coaches too.

"It was a combination of everything that led me to choose Vanderbilt. You get great academics and the chance to play in the SEC. It's really the best of both worlds. I think going there is really going to help my future."

Walker took his visit to Nashville in April with a 7-on-7 teammate. He was impressed when he learned how high he was on Coach Gattis' board.

"When [Gattis] offered me he told me he liked how I get out of my brakes," Walker said. "He said he liked how I go up and get the ball and don't sit there and wait for it. He liked my aggressiveness. Then he told me I was the top receiver on his recruiting board. He was so happy tonight when I called. I'm supposed to call and talk to Coach Franklin later on."

Walker had 36 catches in his junior season for 628 yards and seven touchdowns on a 10-2 Evans Trojans team in Florida 7A.

Vanderbilt fans will have a chance to see him in action at the IMG Madden 7-on-7 Championships, a nationally televised event held June 29th in Bradenton, Fla.

Walker says he's planning a return trip to Nashville for his official visit during the season to catch a Commodore game.

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