Florida State Football: DeMarcus Walker Officially Cleared to Play

Randy ChambersAnalyst IMay 17, 2013

Credit: 247Sports
Credit: 247Sports

While Matthew Thomas and Florida State continue to try and settle their differences, the Seminoles finally received some good news regarding a completely different player.

Defensive end DeMarcus Walker has been cleared to play football (per 247Sports.com), taking to his Twitter account to let everybody know the great news.

Well, I guess that's great news for the Seminoles, bad news for the rest of the ACC.

One of the top recruits of the 2013 class, Walker originally committed to Alabama but changed his commitment at the last minute. He enrolled to school early in hopes of participating in spring practice, but that never happened.

Spending much of his time on the sidelines, Walker wasn't allowed to participate due to an issue with the NCAA Clearinghouse—the body responsible for determining the eligibility for incoming high school athletes.

There seemed to be an issue with Walker's academics that was preventing him from taking the field.

This was eating at Walker over the last several months, as he voiced his frustration in a polite way on Twitter just a couple of months ago:

Although it was a little later than expected, his wish has finally been granted.

Walker is a player who will help contribute right away defensively. His size at 6'3", 265 pounds makes him college-ready and his explosion off the football is superb. He can line up at either defensive tackle or defensive end and is an absolute force at clogging up running lanes.

Florida State has a lot of young defenders on the line already, but Walker is truly as good as it gets and will have no problem making a name for himself in fall camp.

There are still issues to take care of when it comes to Thomas, but Florida State will gladly accept this good news.

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