January 23, 2005

Illinois lands sleeper defensive tackle prospect

Ron Zook and his Fighting Illini staff are out looking for defensive line talent and landed an unheralded Florida prospect on Sunday when 6-foot-3, 285-pound Tallahassee (Fla.) Rickards defensive tackle Tremayne Walker verballed to Zook's program during his weekend visit to Champaign.

"Yes sir I verballed to Illinois this weekend," said Walker.

He went up north with Rickards teammate/Louisville commitment Jonathon Holston.

"I just liked the campus, the great academics and the chance to play right away. Coach Disch and Coach Zook are great guys and I know they will get things turned around."

"I took my visit, they offered me and I decided to commit right then on my visit."

"Illinois first contacted me last month when Coach Disch knew he was going there. I visited Eastern Michigan, and had a chance to go visit Kansas State next weekend but I decided not to when I committed to Illinois."

Eastern Michigan offered Walker a scholarship and K-State, Cal wanted him to make an official visit this month.

"I am playing at the senior all-star game next weekend in Cox Stadium here in Tallahassee so I won't be making any more visits. I just really enjoyed the guys, and that early playing time was really something I liked about Illinois."

"Dajuan (Warren) was my host and we had a good time, I loved the campus..."

Was it too cold? (laughing) "Yeah, it wasn't warm but that won't bother me, I had a good time, cold won't bother me."

Walker was a first team All-Big Bend conference choice this past fall.




 

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