Rusty Mansell, the recruiting analyst for 247sports, predicted that Dorian Walker’s recruitment “could blow up” if his high school football team made it to the Georgia Dome.
Mt. Paran Christian plays for the Class A private school state championship on Saturday, but Walker’s recruiting has already picked up dramatically before the game.
Georgia Tech and UGA are both taking close looks at Dorian Walker, the little-known defensive back from Mt. Paran Christian. Neither in-state school has offered but both are interested in case things fall through with other targets.
Walker has put himself on the recruiting radar after leading Mt. Paran Christian to an appearance in the Class A private school state championship game against ELCA at 10 a.m. Saturday.
“I thought this would happen if more guys got to see film,” Mt. Paran Christian coach Mitch Jordan said. “I told him to hang in there. He has some good offers. But I know some local schools are starting to give him interest and rightly so. He’s a good player.”
Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson stopped by the Cobb County private school earlier this week to measure up Walker, who is known more for his skills at running back. He has rushed for 2,037 yards and 31 touchdowns this season.
“Coach Johnson was by this week,” Jordan said. “He had a chance to learn about him. I think Dorian is going there for an official visit in January. They didn’t offer a scholarship, but it was a positive meeting. Something could happen down the road.”
On Thursday, Walker got a surprise visit from Jeremy Pruitt, UGA’s defensive coordinator. Pruitt was impressed enough to tentatively set up an official visit for next month.
“I think (Pruitt) liked him a lot,” Jordan said. “He had a chance to learn about him. He likes his film. He wants the opportunity to talk with Coach Richt about Dorian.
“I know UGA always has great prospects out there, across the board. But you never know toward the end when things heat up. But he likes him a lot, so we will see. I think they’re working on scheduling a visit for the final weekend of January.”
At 6-foot-1, Walker has the height that is commodity among prospects at defensive back. He’s a good running back, but he has a much higher ceiling of potential on defense.
“Everybody just likes his size, from the standpoint of a cornerback,” Jordan said. “With all of the receivers that are out there these days — just from a matchup standpoint, having the ability to run like Dorian can run and transition is a plus.
“And he’s a big kid at 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds. He’s a physical kid. I think that has garnered a lot of interest – his size and athleticism.
“And he has no problem playing defensive back. Some guys are set at playing running back. I think he’s definitely a prospect at running back. But with his ability at cornerback, I think he has an outstanding future at the next level. He’s willing to play either position.”
Walker tentatively has visits set up next month for Georgia Tech, UGA and Cincinnati. He also has serious interest from Clemson.
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