Two Visits Left for Walker

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Oakcrest (Mays Landing, N.J.) linebacker/defensive end recruit Dakota Walker, an excellent prospect that combines a 6-4, 225-pound frame with 4.55 40 speed, will take official visits to South Carolina (January 14th) and Virginia Tech (January 21st). Those will be the last of his 5 allotted official visits.

Walker’s most recent visit was to the University of Tennessee, and it seems to have gone well.

“I had a great time,” Walker said. “I saw a lot of great things. They have great facilities. I like the coaches – they have a great coaching staff. It’s a winning program and they go to a bowl game every year. The visit moved Tennessee up to one of the top schools in my mind. They are a great team.”

Who are some of the other top schools?

“I also like USC, UNC and Virginia Tech,” Walker said.

When asked if Purdue – a school he has taken an official visit to – remains in the running, Walker replied “Purdue is still in the mix too. Actually, all of them are kind of on an equal level right now.”

Walker has also made an official visit to UNC. He says all three programs that he has visited have one thing in common.

“They are all definitely country,” Walker said with a laugh. “I’m from the city, so it’s definitely going to be different. It’s going to be an adjustment for me. But I do have some family down south in North Carolina, so it should be all right.”

What will be the most important factors in Walker’s final decision?

“Basically, I’m looking for academics, a good relationship with the coaching staff – all that type of stuff,” Walker said. “After my visits, I’ll narrow it down to the best school for me in terms of coaches, facilities and everything. I’m going to be there at least 4 years, so I need to be comfortable with where I choose to go.”

Walker’s official visit to Tech will be the second time he has been to Blacksburg. He went there during the summer before his junior year.

“Virginia Tech is another strong program,” Walker said. “They have nice facilities. I’ll find out more on my visit.”

Walker is being recruited by all of these schools as a LB/DE. With tremendous athleticism, he has the potential to play either position in college. Are there any defenses he likes better than the rest?

“I really like Tennessee’s defense,”