Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel will bring at least five days a week. We focus in this edition on the remaining recruiting decision left to be made by 4-star Crisp County (Cordele, Ga.) linebacker Quay Walker.
Quay Walker is committed to Alabama. Yet it sounds as if he will not visit Alabama once the dead period for recruiting lifts this weekend.
He’s also been the subject of much speculation about possibly flipping to Georgia. Where does he stand on a lot of those matters following the Under Armour All-America Game?
Here’s the quick tour:
- Walker said he plans to stay committed to Alabama until he makes his final decision on Feb. 7.
- The nation’s No. 3 outside linebacker prospect, per the 247Sports composite, he said he plans to visit Tennessee very soon.
- The migration of Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt to Knoxville will play a large role in his final decision. So will the move of Georgia OLBs coach Kevin Sherrer when he heads to Tennessee as part of Pruitt’s staff. Walker said he very likely would have stuck with Alabama had Pruitt had remained on that staff.
- Florida also is a player for Walker. The Gators were his dream school growing up. If you asked him a year ago to name the player he most likely would want to play with in college, he would have said Dutchtown 4-star safety Trey Dean. Dean just so happened to sign with the Gators during the new early period in December.
- Georgia, Florida and Tennessee are recruiting him the hardest right now.
- He said he did not feel it was likely that he would take another visit to Alabama.
Where is he with his decision?
“Right now it is pretty much a mind game for me,” Walker said. “I pretty much don’t know. I think I will find out my answer when I take all of my officials and everything. Everything will get settled. I think I will know by then. But right now I do not know yet.”
How does Quay Walker feel about UGA?
Walker told SEC Country last week that the Bulldogs were trying to get him to sign during the early period last month.
“I never planned on signing early but they pretty much respected that,” Walker said. “They respected my choice and everything.”
It was all for naught, though. Walker had yet to send his transcript through the NCAA Eligibility Center and said he didn’t believe he would have been able to graduate early.
Four-star recruit Quay Walker ranks as the nation’s No. 3 outside linebacker prospect and as the No. 65 player overall for 2018 on the 247Sports composite. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)
“That would have been a harder decision for me if I was,” Walker said. “I didn’t do that thing with the clearinghouse and getting all those papers to come through.”
He said he plans to make his final decision known on National Signing Day on Feb. 7.
“If I do anything prior to that, I will just keep it between me and the coaches and everything,” he said.
What sort of impact does Pruitt becoming coach at Tennessee have on his thinking?
“I don’t think [Sherrer to Tennessee] affected things all that much with Georgia,” Walker said. “But that did affect things with Alabama because I was pretty much looking forward to being coached by coach Pruitt and everything. That really changed things for me. I started looking at all that depth that Alabama has and they have got a lot of guys that should be coming back.
“That pretty much changed my decision there.”
He said to expect his decision to come out of a pool of schools that includes Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee.
“Bama is in there as well too but the way I am thinking right now I am pretty much going to choose a school where I will be able to get on the field much quicker,” he said. “Bama is Bama. But at the same time with Georgia and Florida and Tennessee, they tell me that I can play multiple positions and they all tell me all the ways that they are going to use me.”
“Kirby at Georgia keeps telling me about the multiple positions they are going to use me if I go to Georgia. That’s on the inside and the outside at linebacker.”
Georgia signees are working on Quay Walker
Brenton Cox and Justin Fields worked on Walker all last week at the Under Armour All-America event.
“Justin has been in my ear,” Walker said. “He’s already talking to me about coming down on my official. When we were at [Under Armour]practice I was doing an interview and he said, ‘You already know’ and ‘Go Dawgs’ and everything.”
Fields shared his number last week in Orlando, Fla., too.
“He’s not the type that is going to be on you all the time about Georgia, but at the same time he will put that little buzz in your ear and all that,” Walker said. “But Justin is not a guy who is just going to sit in your ear the whole day about it.”
Quay Walker attracted a lot of attention at UGA when he visited for the game against Kentucky on Nov. 18. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)
Why would he choose Georgia?
“Because I love Georgia,” Walker told DawgNation. “You know that. You’ve been covering me for a long time. I will still tell you that I love Georgia. I love that in-state feeling. It will give you that rush to think about just playing for them being from Georgia and having a chance to play for Georgia.”
Walker said the official visits will loom large in his choice. He noted that Florida, in particular, needs to have an incredible official visit for him to really seriously consider going there.
“Trey [Dean] and I did say last year at the Rising Seniors that we were going to play together,” Walker said. “He’s at Florida now, but at the same time I have to make the best decision for me, though.”
Walker added that new Florida coach Dan Mullen sends him a text message every day.
Quay Walker’s national title game prediction
Who wins Monday night? When Walker got that question, he had to weigh that answer carefully. That wasn’t because he is committed to Alabama and is also considering Georgia.
It was just that hard of a game to pick.
“I think that Alabama’s defense has everybody back and it will be pretty hard for Georgia to beat that,” Walker said. “But I don’t know. I think it will be a good game, but I think Alabama will pull it out.”
He does like the long-term outlook for the Bulldogs. Just not on Monday.
“I think the future at Georgia is really really bright,” he said. “With everybody that is committed and everything, I know things are going to be great there. If Georgia doesn’t get a [championship] this year, then I know they will probably get one next year. Georgia will be back. For sure.”
Walker also favors Auburn because of his connection to linebackers coach Travis Williams. But he’s also sure to point out that he liked the Tigers before his former high school teammate Big Kat Bryant signed there in 2017.
“Auburn was the first college I had ever been to and that was the first campus I ever stepped foot on,” he said. “That connection with Travis Williams is there. It has been there for a long time. He even went to church with me. So that was big for me.”
The 6-foot-4, 228-pound prospect said that inside linebackers coach Glenn Schumann and defensive coordinator Mel Tucker are recruiting him for the Bulldogs.
“I’ve had multiple in-home visits with those guys,” he said. “We all get along pretty well.”
There isn’t a lot of room in the 2018 class at Georgia, but he said he feels he has a place in it waiting for him.
“I think I have a spot in the class if I want it,” Walker said. “I know they have got two spots left but that I’m one of those guys that they are waiting on.”
His ideal role on Saturdays would be to play inside on first and second down, but he’d like the chance to get to rush the passer on third down.
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