Bud Elliott (SB Nation)
One of the nation's top defensive end prospects had a change of heart and decided to enroll at Florida State rather than Alabama.
Highly-regarded defensive end prospect DeMarcus Walker, from Sandalwood High School in Jacksonville, FL, switched his commitment from Alabama to Florida State in early January. Walker is considered a four-star prospect by Rivals and the third-best strongside defensive end in the 2013 class.
According to Rivals, Walker is 6'6 and weighs 280 pounds. He ran the 40 in 5.04 seconds and has a 31-inch vertical.
The primary reason for the change of heart was the fact that Florida State hired Jeremy Pruitt away from the Crimson Tide. Walker developed a good relationship with Pruitt during the recruiting process and ultimately decided it best to follow him to Tallahassee.
"[Walker] loved everyone at Alabama and it's a great school, but the main reason he was there is Jeremy Pruitt," Sandalwood head coach Adam Geis said. "Also, FSU it close to home and there is a great chance of seeing the field early." Walker was one of FSU's early enrollees, and he will participate in spring practice.