Smyrna DE Walker says Texas A&M a perfect fit

Smyrna senior defensive end Dallas Walker committed to Texas A&M this summer. FILE

Smyrna High's Dallas Walker has wreaked havoc on Bulldog opponents in his three seasons at defensive end, and he'll be taking those talents to the SEC.

The 6-foot-4, 280-pound four-start recruit, recently committed to Texas A&M. He also was recruited by several other SEC schools.

Walker, who also will play tight end for the Bulldogs this season, is a four-star recruit and ranked as the 16th best prospect in Tennessee.

"When I first stepped foot there on my official visit I felt at home with the coaching staff and everything," Walker said. "Everything was genuine. It wasn't like they were just throwing things at me. It was all facts about academics, coaching staff, community, and all of that played a big part of why I wanted to commit there."

Although commitments are non-binding and other schools will still likely recruit Walker, he said it was a decision he intended on making this summer.

"I told the coaches from all the other schools that I wanted to make my decision before our season started so I could have my mind off of it and not have to worry about it," he said. "I want to provide for my team during my senior season, and it feels good going in the season knowing that's behind me. There can be a lot of distractions during the whole process."

Walker is the second Rutherford County player to commit to a Power 5 school this summer, joining Oakland defensive back De'Arre McDonald, who committed earlier to Ole Miss.

Blackman senior defensive back/wide receiver Dejeun Gibson also has Power 5 offers but says he will commit later.

Additionally, Blackman's Keionte Newson announced Friday he has committed to Texas-San Antonio of Conference USA. He is a senior receiver/linebacker who transferred from Brighton.

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