One of the higher rated players on hand for Tennessee's spring game was Ricky Walker. The four-star defensive tackle from Hampton (Va.) Bethel has about 15 offers right now but has yet to get one from the Volunteers. Walker shared his thoughts from the visit.
"It was great," said the 6-foot-2, 275-pound Walker. "Saturday morning I got a tour of the facilities, weight room, indoor practice field, locker room, training room and equipment room.
"I talked to the defensive line coach, before we went to the game," he said. "When we got to the stadium, I stood on the sideline and watched warm-ups. I stayed after and talked to Coach Jones, the head coach. He was saying how much I mean to them and how much they want me there. We'll see how things turn out. I saw a few of the other players down there but didn't really get a chance to talk with them.
"It's a great school, first of all," Walker said. "I like the city. The fan base was nice. There were about 61,000 people at the game. The coaching staff is great. Coach Jones is building the program brick by brick, as he would say. I would say I could fit in there with the tradition of the SEC and the way the defense is set up. Tennessee is a great school and hopefully they come through with an offer. I guess I'll get that offer once they get my transcript and see a little more film."
Not having offered Walker certainly hurts their chances of landing him but he has plenty of other options.
"A lot of coaches are good and all the schools are recruiting me pretty hard right now so none of them are really sticking out," he said. "I'll probably narrow it down by the time the season starts.
"I haven't planned any more visits," said Walker. "I think that's my last one for the spring and I'm just getting ready for summer workouts. I'm looking forward to these next couple weeks to see what coaches are going to come to the school."
Walker played very well at the Rivals Camp Series Presented by Under Armour in Richmond (Va.).