ORLANDO, Fla. — Quay Walker avoided the media for the first two days at the Under Armour All-America Game, but he finally spoke to reporters on the third day.
Walker, a 4-star linebacker from Crisp County High School (Cordele, Ga.), didn’t sign with Alabama during the early signing period as he’s still figuring out what he wants to do with his recruitment as schools like Auburn, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee still try to get him to flip.
Would he still consider himself an Alabama commit?
“Yeah, pretty much. But right now, I’m unsure,” Walker told SEC Country. “I was looking forward to being coached by Coach [Jeremy] Pruitt. That plays a big role in it. And then sometimes I hear rumors about [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.”
I’m not sure where he heard the rumors of Ansley leaving, but I haven’t heard the coach mentioned for any other jobs. It could be the schools vying to flip Walker by telling him those things, as negative recruiting is quite common.
But it’s clear Walker isn’t 100 percent solid with the Tide. He’ll visit Florida on Jan. 12, then Georgia on the Jan. 19. The following weekend he’ll trek to Auburn. The weekend before signing day, he’ll use his last official visit to either Alabama or Tennessee. He’s not sure on that trip.
Walker said the Tide staff asked if he was going to sign early.
“They were asking me if I was going to sign early and I was like, ‘Nah,’ ” Walker said. “They didn’t have any problem with it. They were cool with it.”
Georgia was trying to get Walker to sign during the early signing period. SEC Country was informed the day before the three-day window opened that UGA was trying to push Walker’s application through so it could have the paperwork ready for him to sign. It ended up not happening.
“I ended up calling them and everything,” Walker said. “They tried to send the papers through, but I didn’t do that NCAA [clearinghouse] thing, so that didn’t work. But I wasn’t going to sign anyway, to be honest with you.”
What would make him change his mind on Alabama at this point?
“I’d say depth with the linebackers,” he said. “I know Alabama has of lot guys coming back, so that’s pretty much going to play a big role in that.”
It’s going to be a wild few weeks for Walker’s recruitment. Alabama is going to have to fight to keep him committed.