By Chris Hays | Orlando Sentinel
11:27 PM PDT, October 1, 2012
Orlando Evans wide receiver Dominic Walker said Monday night that he has decommitted from his pledge to attend Vanderbilt after the Commodores' coaching staff expressed displeasure in his decision to take all five of his allotted official recruiting visits.
He took the first of those visits this past weekend to Nebraska where he watched the Cornhuskers defeat Wisconsin 30-27 at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln.
"They were real crazy .. and they're real faithful and loyal to their team," Walker said of the 85,962 screaming Nebraska fans, who witnessed their team rally from 17 points down in new black helmets to win its Big Ten opener. "It was a great time. It was like ... I couldn't believe I was there."
Walker (6-2, 195) said he had a final discussion with Vandy coaches a couple of weeks ago.
"They didn’t want me to take any officials. They didn’t even want me to go to Nebraska," Walker said. "But when I committed on [live stream] at the Sentinel in June I said I was going to take all my official visits. I guess they didn’t like that and they were kind of upset with me going to Nebraska.
"They were like, "Are you going to be a part of what we're trying to do here?' And I told them when I committed that I wanted to take all of my visits. Coach was like, 'best of luck and if you need anything just call me."
And with that, Walker's commitment with Vandy was history. He said he's looking forward to what other schools have to offer. He also plans a December recruiting trip to Cincinnati and possibly Missouri.
This past weekend's trip was the first time Walker had ever flown on a plane.
"I was kind of nervous but got used to it later on," Walker said.
He eventually met up with JoJo Kemp of DeLand, who was also on an official recruiting trip to Nebraska. Kemp is committed to USF.
Walker said he was impressed with what Lincoln had to offer.
"I thought it was going to be out in the middle of nowhere with all these cornfields all around, but it's not like that. It was actually a pretty nice city," Walker said. "It didn’t feel boring at least … everything was there. They have great facilities. An indoor pratice field and that weight room ... I've never seen anything like that ever."
Walker said he's looking forward to the Evans (3-1) offense opening up a little more in the coming weeks. He only has six catches for 62 yards in the first four games, but some of that has been due to the need to ground the offense in some nasty Central Florida weather on Friday nights this season. Three different Friday nights saw thunderstorms move through the area and force some games to even be postponed or canceled.
"I haven't been getting the ball like last year, but they've been throwing to me lot in a lot in practice," Walker said.
Teams area also more aware of his presence and he's not able to sneak up on opposing defenders like last year.
"Yeah, teams are playing more like 7 to 10 yards off the line every game," he said. "No team has played us man. I guess they don’t want to get beat deep."Chris Hays is the Sentinel's recruiting coverage coordinator and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow us on Twitter at @Os_Recruiting and Facebook at Orlando Sentinel Recruiting and now on Pinterest at Orlando Recruiting.
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