Name: DeMarcus Walker
Position: Defensive End
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2012 Season Stats: N/A
Prognostication: DeMarcus Walker was actually a nice surprise addition for the Florida State Seminoles. Moments after the Alabama Crimson Tide won their third national title in the last four years, they would learn that they were losing one of their prized 2013 recruits as well. Mainly stemming from the relationship he had built with former Crimson Tide recruiter–now Florida State defensive coordinator–Jeremy Pruitt, Walker decided that he would like to pursue his football aspirations in Tallahassee rather than Tuscaloosa. The freshman enrolled in classes this past spring, and could actually end up seeing some significant time on the field this season.
Strengths: Walker has the perfect size to be a quality, collegiate-level defensive end and the quickness off the edge to go with it. His effective pass rushing techniques, including a very well executed swim move, can be a nightmare for opposing offensive linemen and quarterbacks alike. Also, with the trend of mobile quarterbacks growing by the year, he’s extremely solid at containing around the edge, making it difficult for quarterbacks to do their work outside of the pocket.
Weaknesses: There’s not many to really talk about with this young man, he may very well be as good as advertised. Of course, as with most highly-touted recruits coming out of high school, he’s going to have to work on his discipline. A lot of times at the high school level, dominant players enjoy their success off their superior athleticism alone. When they hit the collegiate level, they need to learn to be more aware of what’s going on around them, or a good offensive coordinator can easily catch them off guard.
Jack is the Lead Florida State Football Writer for Chop Chat. Follow Jack on Twitter @JackJ14CFB