Vols are a “Wild Card” for 5-Star Linebacker Quay Walker

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    Tennessee’s new coaches have been targeting five-star linebacker Quay Walker ever since they took over at Tennessee. And according to Walker’s high school head coach, the Vols are one of the three schools who have a legitimate shot at landing him.

    In an interview with AL.com, Brad Harber, the head coach of Crisp County football in Cordelle, Georgia, stated that the Vols are an interesting team to him in Walker’s recruitment because they weren’t even a player just a couple months ago. But the addition of Jeremy Pruitt as head coach along with Kevin Sherrer as defensive coordinator have vaulted the Vols into one of Walker’s favorites.

    “Tennessee, to me, is that wild card,” Harber said in the interview. “Tennessee wasn’t even really on the map at all, but you have all these guys that Quay’s familiar with and now they’re all at Tennessee.”

    Pruitt formed a relationship with Walker while he was the defensive coordinator at Alabama, and Sherrer was his main recruiter at Georgia.

    Walker is still committed to Alabama right now, but many believe that commitment is far from solid. But Harber says the Tide shouldn’t be counted out yet.

    “Given the fact that he has not decommitted from them or anything, I think they have a (chance),” Harber said of Alabama. “It wouldn’t surprise me for him to stick with his commitment to Alabama.”

    Walker is a five-star per the regular 247Sports rankings and is a highly-rated four-star according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. The composite rankings have him as the No. 31 overall prospect and the No. 2 outside linebacker in the 2018 class. The Vols already have a commitment from the No. 3 outside linebacker in this cycle in J.J. Peterson, but Tennessee’s coaches aren’t satisfied with just one highly-rated linebacker in this class.

    But if you’re looking for clarity on which direction Walker is leaning right now, good luck. Not even his high school head coach knows.

    “Speaking on my end, I think all of those three (Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia), they’re all good choices,” Harber stated. “And I think that he’s going to make the right decision. Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, none of ’em would surprise me on February 7th. None of ’em.

    “I really do think it’s that close, to be honest with you.”

    Walker will announce his final decision on National Signing Day at his high school.