Walker says he still has “love” for the Florida Gators

The Florida Gators didn’t have the results they wanted on Saturday night against Kentucky, but they had several recruits in town that liked the Gators’ game plan.

UCF defensive line commit John Walker (6-3, 310, Kissimmee, FL. Osceola) was in town for the second straight week and he liked the improvement the defensive line made this week.

“The fans showed a lot of love,” Walker said of his visit to Florida on Saturday. “I feel like the defensive line played better than last week, they showed that they can pursue and get off blocks. Just flying around the field and making plays.”

Walker noticed that several young guys were playing on the defensive line and that was something the coaching staff told him was going to happen against Kentucky.

“I see [Tyreak] Sapp playing, I feel like he played good, he played a lot,” he said on seeing the young guys playing on the defensive line. “They sent that message to me that they play their younger guys, and they aren’t just about the older guys. If you’re good, then you’re good. It shows that if you’re talented then you will play.”

Defensive line coach Sean Spencer has stayed on Walker despite his commitment to UCF and he has a simple but direct message for the defensive tackle.

“He’s just always saying how much they love me,” Walker said on the message from Spencer. “He says how much they need me and that he’s not going to give up until I sign the papers.”

Walker continues to come back to Gainesville for visits and he says he still likes Florida despite his commitment and an official visit is still being talked about.

“I still have love for Florida,” he said on his interest in Florida. “I’m still thinking about the official visit, I still haven’t confirmed anything like that. Probably LSU.”

When Walker returns to Gainesville for another visit, the defensive tackle wants to continue to see the defense and how he would fit into the scheme.

“I just want to see where I would be at on the defensive line,” Walker said on what he wants to see from Florida. “The depth chart if I do come and stuff like that.”


INSIDERS TAKE: Walker says he’s thinking about coming back to Florida for the USF game next week.

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.