March 29, 2012

Early playing time catches ear of Florida wideout

Marshall head coach Doc Holliday and his staff continue to target Florida like the retirees who make their second home in the Sunshine State.

Like dozens of other teams, the Thundering Herd is after Dominic Walker of Evans High School in Orlando.

Rivals ranks the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Walker as the nation's No. 49 wide receiver in the Class of 2013. He is a three-star prospect, according to the recruiting network.

Boston College, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Louisville, Marshall, Memphis, South Carolina, South Florida, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt have offered scholarships to Walker, who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.54 seconds.

Alabama, Arkansas, Cincinnati, Central Florida, Miami and Missouri also are interested in him.

"Right now, my options are open until I take a few visits to more schools," said Walker, who bench presses 225 pounds, power cleans 235 pounds and squats 385 pounds. "I'm hoping to make a decision this summer, maybe. If not, then definitely in September when I take most of my official visits."

His top three schools are Florida State, Texas A&M and South Carolina.

Marshall's lead recruiter for Walker is safeties coach Todd Hartley.

"He is a great guy," said Walker, who has a 33-inch vertical. "We talk every once in a while. He messages me all the time. He seems like a cool coach that only plays the best.

He says he is looking for me to come right in and play at Marshall, so he has got my interest in that. The only thing that questions me is the conference level and the fact that I have not taken a visit yet."

Walker plans to visit Florida State, Georgia, South Carolina and Texas A&M.

"So far, those are the main four," he said.
Walker recently attended a Nike Combine, Top Recruits Now Combine and Orlando National Underclassmen Camp, where he won the Most Valuable Player award at his position.

Walker also plays on a seven-on-seven team called Central Florida Top Recruits, which placed third in the IMG Madden tournament.

The top four teams get to compete in a national tournament, which will air on ESPN on June 29-July 1.

"My strengths as a receiver are positioning myself well for jump balls in the air and attacking it while in the air and tucking the ball tight as soon as I snatch it," he said.

Walker also is a fierce competitor.

"I like to compete and win; I hate losing," said Walker, a two-sport athlete who runs track for Evans (his main event is the 400-meter dash, and his personal best is 49.7 seconds). "But you can't win them all. As long as I put up the best fight I had, I can accept a loss, although it is tough on me."
Walker is academically eligible for college.

Jacob Messer is the managing editor for He can be reached by e-mail at All comments and feedback are welcome.

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