A lot of schools have already started to announce the 2018 class, which was already a strong one with several of the top prospects from the state.
Here’s a look at what everyone’s looking for:Tennessee: 5-star recruit D.J. Walker has committed to the Vols, the 247Sports Composite rankings have him at No. 9, 247Sports’ Crystal Ball has him as the No. 11 overall player, and 247Sports ranks Walker as the 18th-ranked prospect in the country.
Walker is a 5-foot-11 guard from Knoxville who’s already one of the best athletes in the state, according to 247Sports, and he’ll play with one of Tennessee’s top recruits in 2019.
He was the fifth-best player in the 2018 recruiting class, according, and Rivals.com has him ranked as the 247 Sports Composite top 100.
He’s a strong defender who averaged 13.5 points and 4.9 rebounds per game for St. Thomas Aquinas (Calif.)
High School last season.
Tennessee has four commitments this year, and Walker is the first commit since the end of January to commit to Tennessee in 2019 after previously making an offer to the Volunteers.
Walker, who played at Texas Tech, is rated as the #5 recruit in the 2019 class, 247 Sports has him at the No-2 prospect, and Scout.com lists him as a #10 prospect.
He’s a versatile player who can also score, as well as get to the rim, he averaged 14.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per 40 minutes for the Aggies last season, per Rivals.
Walker also scored 12.2 points per 40 in 2017-18.
Walker, who has been at Texas-Austin since his senior year, committed to Tennessee on Tuesday morning, per 247Sports.
Walker will announce his commitment Friday morning, according a source.
The commitment comes just days after Walker was a member of the Tennessee team that won the SEC East.
Walker’s high school coach, Todd Anderson, told Rivals.
J is an elite prospect who is one of my favorite players in the nation, he is the type of guy that you can really tell when he is on the floor and on the court.
He is an aggressive, physical defender who can score from everywhere, he’s a terrific shooter, he can pass the ball, and his defense is one that you really love to have on your team,” Anderson said.
“I am thrilled for D.j and what he is going to do for Tennessee.
He will be a huge addition for us.”
Tennessee currently has a recruiting class of 12 players, with Walker joining a trio of commits from the Golden Eagles.
Two of those players, defensive end Jaelen Strong and linebacker Jake Matthews, will sign with Tennessee in the coming days, with the other two, defensive tackle Jaleel Bowers and defensive back Jordan Wilson, also scheduled to visit Tennessee on Friday.