Ron Zook and his Fighting Illini staff are out looking for defensive line talent and landed an unheralded Florida prospect on Sunday when 6-foot-3, 285-pound Tallahassee (Fla.) Rickards defensive tackle Tremayne Walker verballed to Zook's program during his weekend visit to Champaign.
"Yes sir I verballed to Illinois this weekend," said Walker.
He went up north with Rickards teammate/Louisville commitment Jonathon Holston.
"I just liked the campus, the great academics and the chance to play right away. Coach Disch and Coach Zook are great guys and I know they will get things turned around."
"I took my visit, they offered me and I decided to commit right then on my visit."
"Illinois first contacted me last month when Coach Disch knew he was going there. I visited Eastern Michigan, and had a chance to go visit Kansas State next weekend but I decided not to when I committed to Illinois."
Eastern Michigan offered Walker a scholarship and K-State, Cal wanted him to make an official visit this month.
"I am playing at the senior all-star game next weekend in Cox Stadium here in Tallahassee so I won't be making any more visits. I just really enjoyed the guys, and that early playing time was really something I liked about Illinois."
"Dajuan (Warren) was my host and we had a good time, I loved the campus..."
Was it too cold? (laughing) "Yeah, it wasn't warm but that won't bother me, I had a good time, cold won't bother me."
Walker was a first team All-Big Bend conference choice this past fall.