Dominic Walker talks decision
"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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