Louisiana linebacker does the Gator Chomp

Tuesday afternoon was a big day for linebacker Reggie Walker (6-2, 230, Ponchatoula, LA. High) as he received some unexpected news after speaking with a Florida assistant coach.

“Coach Derek Lewis offered me on Tuesday afternoon,” Walker said. “He was like you’re one of the best pass rushers in the country and I need you and players like you to come to Florida. He was like I need outside linebackers that can pass rush and be the guy on the team.”

Walker may be from the state of Louisiana but he has a trademark sack celebration that you would expect a player from Florida to have and that meant that this Gators offer was a big to him.

“It means a lot because Florida has been one of my top schools since I was little bitty,” Walker said. “When I make a sack I always do the Gator chomp and people know that’s my thing. I’ve always been fan of Florida. I like LSU but my favorite school is Florida and growing up watching Tim Tebow made me like them even more. It showed me the right way to play the game.”

Getting the offer was something that Walker didn’t think would happen but he did know that the Gators were interested in him this spring when Lewis visited him in person.

“He came by the school a few times towards the end of school to watch me practice,” Walker said. “After that I haven’t talked to him much until Tuesday. I know Coach Lewis is from New Orleans and my high school and him are good friends. He seems like a cool dude.”

Walker watches all of Florida games during the fall knows about Will Muschamp’s defense and he was told about how he would fit into the defense.

“I think Florida can use me as a pass rusher at linebacker,” Walker said. “I know that Florida always has a good defense but I think I fit right in with them guys. Coach Lewis even said that he thinks I can play linebacker in the SEC.”

In exactly one month Walker will get to visit his dream school in person and will also get to see the Swamp for himself. To say he’s excited is an understatement.

“I’m going to visit Florida on July 25th for Friday Night Lights,” Walker said. “I just want to see how I fit in with those guys and see how the coaches treat everyone. Of course I want to see the facilities and everything on campus too.”

Walker was hesitant to name a leader but he did admit that Florida’s offer changed things up in his recruitment.

“I’m still pretty open but Florida since they offered are at the top,” Walker said. “I really don’t have any kind of timeline for a commitment or anything. I could do it tomorrow or next month it just depends.

INSIDER TAKE: Will Muschamp wants to lay eyes on Walker in July before moving forward here but Florida does like his tape and have heard good things about Walker on the field. If Walker gets Muschamp’s approval then his recruitment could end on July 25th when he’s in Gainesville for Friday Night Lights.

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.