4-star wide receiver Dominic Walker is set to make a decision between Nebraska, Florida State and Cincinnati
Sam Khan Jr. of ESPN.com reports that the 4-star wideout will decide this weekend at the 2013 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl:
Orlando (Fla.) Evans receiver Dominic Walker is one of the many talented players participating in the 2013 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl, which will be held on Sunday at Reliant Stadium.
The ESPN 300 prospect, who is ranked 34th in the nation amongst receivers, said he is planning to announce a decision on the day of the game.
Out of the three programs in the running, Nebraska and Florida State look to be the favorite, according to Walker himself. He stated that Cincinnati is probably not going to be in the mix when all is said and done (per Khan Jr.'s report).
With two high-profile and good college football programs to choose from, which would be the best fit for Walker?
If it came down to just proximity (which I don't think it will), Florida State is the obvious choice for the wideout from Orlando, Florida. He's also reportedly taken a few visits to FSU and has a teammate who's committed to the Seminoles, according to Khan Jr.
The Seminoles boast an offense that scored 39.9 points per game this season and ranked No. 13 overall in college football. Jimbo Fisher has done an excellent job of rebuilding the FSU program into a legitimate contender in the ACC, and with the way that he's recruiting, there could be bigger and better things in store for the Seminoles.
However, the issue is that FSU already has what appears to be a star wide receiver recruit in 4-star Isaiah Jones. And it boasts the commitment of 3-star speedster Levonte Whitfield as well. The need for another great receiver isn't necessarily there, and the depth chart is already pretty crowded
It's worth noting that Nebraska's current depth chart is not much friendlier for a wide receiver, but the room within its actual 2013 class is. Nebraska only has one 3-star wide receiver committed in Kevin Gladney, so Walker could commit and be the premier receiver recruit for the Cornhuskers in 2013.
For as good as the Seminoles offense has been, Nebraska has been impressive as well: The Cornhuskers scored 35.1 points per game (granted, a lot of it had to do with the run game). But as far as their chances of winning games, they provide Walker with just as much opportunity.
Not taking anything away from Florida State fans, but Nebraska also boasts a great football fanbase, and that's one thing Walker really likes, according to Khan Jr.'s article:
The official visit to Nebraska came on Sept. 28 and Walker liked a lot of what he saw in Lincoln, Neb.
"Just the family atmosphere, the way they treat their players and stuff," Walker said. "The fans, the atmosphere up there and the stadium, 86,000 fans each and every game. The faculty, the coaches, they're great as well. They came to my house and they're recruiting me very hard."
Nebraska is one of few legitimate contenders in the Big Ten right now (behind only Ohio State, really), so Walker could go to Nebraska knowing that he'll have the chance to win a lot of games. There's also the fact that the Big Ten is at least perceived to be the better football conference right now when compared to the ACC.
Overall, Nebraska appears to be the better fit for the 4-star wideout. There's more room in the recruiting class for him, and it offers just as much opportunity to win as Florida State does. That, plus the football atmosphere, should make leaving home well worth it for the top-notch wide receiver recruit.