Walker in the house
SAN ANTONIO, Tex. - Months of speculation finally came to a close during Saturday's Army All-American Bowl, as four-star defensive end D'Andre Walker chose the Bulldogs over the Tennessee Volunteers and Auburn Tigers.
"I would like to thank the Army for this wonderful experience, "Walker said during the live reveal on NBC. "I would like to thank God for blessing me with this wonderful talent.... and for the next four years I will be furthering my education at the University of Georgia."
The in-state rush end expects to play defensive end once again when he arrives in Athens, but he says this decision was not an easy one.
"I mean, it was hard. I was going back and forth through the whole week, through the whole thing, and the whole recruiting process. At the end of the day, there were two sets of shirts back there, and I told my family to put on the Georgia shirts," Walker said. "The reason why was all of the different support and all of the people from Georgia. There were a bunch of people from Georgia and Georgia fans out here. I was sitting on the sideline and in the game, and I heard people saying 'D'Andre, come to Georgia'. That's what happened."
Defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt and outside linebackers coach Kevin Sherrer were the primary recruiters for Walker, but they were in a tight race with Tennessee's staff, as well.
"Compared to Tennessee, they've always been the same. That's what I'm telling you," Walker said of his relationship with the Bulldogs. "It was just...I don't want to say because I don't want to knock another coach. It was the same with all of them. Well, Georgia and Tennessee."
A product of Fairburn's Langston Hughes High, Walker is the 212th ranked player overall in the 2015 class, the No. 6 ranked weak-side defensive end, and the 19th-ranked player in the state of Georgia, according to Rivals.
"The reason I picked the University of Georgia is because I can learn a lot there. The education there is amazing," Walker said. "I expect to get better, better myself as young man, and then grow into an adult."
Walker still plans to take official visits in January, and he says that does leave the window a bit open, as far as his commitment is concerned.
"It is what it is," Walker said. "It doesn't end until February 6."
Walker is a well-established pass rusher, posting 29 tackles for loss, including 23.5 sacks in the 2014 campaign alone. Additionally, the Bulldogs gain a player with positional versatility, as he's comfortable from the defensive end spot and lining up at outside linebacker.
Walker becomes the 12th player to commit to the Bulldogs from in-state and becomes the 26th commitment for 2015 overall, following the decommitment of offensive lineman Pat Allen yesterday evening.
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