Why UGA target Quay Walker is now ‘unsure’ about his Alabama commitment
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. The play sheet calls for another circuit around the All-American games. We’ll start with the latest from 4-star linebacker Quay Walker.
Quay Walker still considers himself an Alabama commit. For now. But he did describe himself as being “unsure” when he spoke to SEC Country’s Chris Kirschner on Monday.
Throw in a side of appreciation for new Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt to complicate that matter for a Georgia program that is also hoping to add Walker to the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class for 2018.
“I was looking forward to being coached by Coach [Jeremy] Pruitt,” Walker told Kirschner. “That plays a big role in it. And then sometimes I hear rumors about [Alabama defensive backs coach] Derrick Ansley leaving. That’s my main recruiter, so it’s all about coaches that I can trust and that I know I can go to just in case I can’t talk to my mom or something. I can go and talk to them. So pretty much Coach Pruitt leaving, I heard rumors about Coach Ansley leaving and my heart pretty much changed a little bit. I’m not going to lie to you about it. That’s what happened, though.”
Walker said Alabama did not sweat the matter that he did not sign early.
“They were asking me if I was going to sign early and I was like, ‘Nah.’ They didn’t have a problem with it. They were cool with it.”
His finalists are Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee. He cannot name a No. 2 school at this time.
“Nah. Right now it’s just even,” Walker told SEC Country. “By the time I take my officials, I’ll let you know.”
Trust will be a big issue here. He’s looking for the same vibe he has with Alabama.
“Coaches I can trust, just in case,” Walker said. “To go in there and talk to them about anything. Just me connecting with my teammates and everything. That’s pretty much it.”
The visit schedule for 4-star LB Quay Walker
The official visit calendar for Walker gets started with a trip to Florida on Jan. 12. He will make do on his vow to give Georgia an official visit on Jan. 19. Auburn will follow on Jan. 26.
That itinerary might be the most structured part of his recruitment to come. He isn’t sure whether he will visit Alabama or Tennessee for his final official visit in February.
Pruitt and former UGA linebackers coach Kevin Sherrer will be a major factor there.
“I’ve had like five or six in-home visits with Coach Sherrer,” Walker said. “As soon as he left and went to Tennessee, he came like two times. That’s going to be big.”
How does he feel about Florida?
“Florida is a school that I’ve been liking,” he said. “They offered me back when [former defensive coordinator] Geoff Collins was there. Florida is my dream school. No one knows that. Then I got Trey Dean in my ear, too. So we’ll see where it goes.”
Walker also said that UGA did not pressure him to sign early.
“They didn’t really try to push me to sign,” he said. “I ended up calling them and everything. They tried to send the papers through, but I didn’t do that NCAA thing so that didn’t work. But I wasn’t going to sign anyway, to be honest with you.”
Walker said he would make his final decision on National Signing Day.
Florida will be a team to watch because of Trey Dean. Those two have been talking about playing together since they were on the same “Rising Seniors” squad last December.
“As soon as Coach Mullen got the job, he hit me up and then Trey Dean ended up signing,” Walker said. “I’m real, real close to him. He’s in my ear, too. So that’s what happened. And Florida is my dream school. I was still in contact with them when Coach [Jim] McElwain was there, but pretty much when he left things changed. Coach [Chris] Rumph was after me real, real hard. I had a couple in-home visits with him when he was still with Florida.”
What did the recruits think about that win last night?
DawgNation touched base with several recruits Monday night in regard to that win out in Pasadena.
What did they think? Here’s a quick sampling.
5-star junior WR commit Dominick Blaylock: “It was a great game and I knew the Dawgs were gonna come out with the win.”
4-star senior WR target Tommy Bush Jr: “The game was balanced with over 200 passing and over 250 rushing. That was the best game I watched this season with everything on the line and double overtime.”
4-star junior TE target Ryland Goede: “Full of ups and downs but just fun to watch. It was cool to see them even just play in that game as a fan.”
4-star senior G signee Trey Hill: “We are about to win five straight national championships.”
4-star WR signee Kearis Jackson: “My heart was racing the whole time. I noticed that Oklahoma came out running plays like Auburn did the first game and Coach Smart and the staff then came out with halftime adjustments and things went from there. My teammates fought to the end and the running backs played an awesome game.”
4-star CB signee Chris Smith II: “Never been more nervous watching a game. At the end, I was yelling at the top of my lungs. Great. Amazing game.”
Jackson, it should also be noted, will move in at UGA on Tuesday.
Do make sure you read and reread this today
Tommy Tomlinson, a Georgia grad, also happens to be one of the finest storytellers in our profession. He composed a blog to sum up his emotional experience watching that win last night.
I was sitting in LAX in the wee hours as I read his work. When I did, a random cheer from this UGA fan or group would break out during the high points of his copy.
It was odd timing. But it does provide the perfect soundtrack to his well-crafted prose.
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