January 5, 2014

Hard-working Walker drawing many looks

At 6-foot-3 and over 200 pounds, Fairburn, Ga., defensive end D'Andre Walker looks every bit the part of a big time college prospect. The recruiting process is heating up for Walker, but he's more focused on improving his skill set.

"I'm always working to get better," Walker said. "I feel like I rush the passer really well, but I'm just now learning how to stop the run. You can't take to many steps into the backfield and contain the lineman at the same time. You have to balance what you want to do."

Having played in the Georgia Junior Bowl last week, Walker got to see where he stood against the other top players his age in the Peach state.

"Now I know what I need to work on so it gives me some things and areas to focus on," Walker said. "I'm at it every day. I'm in the weight room about six hours each day and I'm also working on my agility and lateral movement."

Walker plays a position of need for every school. The ability to get to the quarterback is paramount and that's what makes him so valuable. On the other end, Walker has a set criteria he's looking for in a school.

"I want to start as a true freshman," Walker said. "I also want to be an architect when I grow up so I'm driven to do well in the classroom. I'm looking for a place that will allow me to pursue that dream."

South Carolina, North Carolina, Louisville and Georgia join Tennessee and others in their pursuit of the talented lineman. He's learning more and more about the Vols each day and hopes to visit Knoxville soon.

"They have a good coaching staff," Walker said. "Coach Thigpen is recruiting me and they are definitely a school I'm looking at and listening too. I've not looked at their depth chart to close, but I know they have some good players."

Rivals.com ranks Walker as a 4-star weakside defensive end in the class of 2015.

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