No, Mr. Saban, sometimes trophies are not for everybody. After crushing Notre Dame to the tune of a 42-14 blowout to win his program’s third national title in a four-year span, star recruit DeMarcus Walker officially rescinded his commitment to play for Alabama.
Instead, DeMarcus Walker will be following the coach he had wanted to play for, and he will be doing so far closer to his native Jacksonville, Florida.
Walker, according to Sporting News, had admitted to wavering on his decision to go to Alabama in recent days. At the Under Armour All-America game, he told reporters exactly that. However, many simply saw it as simply a high schooler talking about his nerves and the star defensive end would soon be enrolling early at Tuscaloosa.
As it turns out, Walker’s apprehensions turned out to be far more than simply nerves.
The man that had recruited Walker, former Bama assistant Jeremy Pruitt, was hired on as the new defensive coordinator at Florida State. At that point, it simply made far more sense to play for the coach he had wanted to play for while also managing to stay closer to home, according to his high school coach, Adam Geis.
“He really got kind of nervous about going that far away from home,” Geis told the Times-Union. “I think DeMarcus, in the end, felt more comfortable with Jeremy.”
Walker is now planning on enrolling early in order to get a leg up at Florida State.