Orlando Evans High wide receiver Dominic “Showtime” Walker added to his growing reputation as one of Central Florida’s premier playmakers Saturday afternoon.
With the short-handed Orlando Top Recruits Now 7-on-7 squad trailing in an elimination game at the Space Coast Shootout, coaches asked Walker to do what he does best: make a play.
Lined up by himself on one side of the field, Walker sprinted towards the end zone as Winter Park quarterback Asiantii Woulard rolled outside of the pocket.
Woulard released the ball, knowing he just had to give Walker (6-2, 185) a chance.
Two defenders in front of Walker mistimed their jumps. With a knack for making plays in the clutch, Walker did not, catching the ball at its highest point to log the game-winning touchdown reception as time expired.
“I knew I had to make the big play, so I came out and it just happened,” Walker said. “I was just like, ‘it’s show time right here.’ I was kind of nervous because I didn’t know what was going to happen.”
Walker and the TRN team went on to win the tournament, defeating the South Florida Express squad that had beaten them last month in the IMG Madden 7on7 tournament.
“It just means that Orlando is coming up and we do have players in Central Florida,” Walker said. “We’re just trying to compete with the best players from South Florida and stuff.”
Ranked No. 12 in the Sentinel’s 2013 Central Florida Super60, Walker’s playmaking prowess has been noticed by numerous colleges this offseason.
He has 10 offers, but some schools are beginning to separate themselves.
“Right now, there are three teams sticking out to me. Texas A&M, Florida State and Vanderbilt,” he said.
All three schools have positive aspects in Walker’s eyes.
“I went up to Vanderbilt this past weekend. It was nice, that’s why they’re in my top right now. I got a good relationship with the coaches,” Walker said. “A&M, I got nine written letters from them the other day … I just want to take a visit to [Texas A&M] before I actually do make my decision. When I do go there, then I’ll probably be able to be sure about my decision.”
Although he likes Vandy and A&M, the in-state Seminoles might be hard to resist to for Walker. His teammates WR Tony Stevens and LB Ro’Derrick Hoskins have already committed to FSU.
“It’s a lot of pressure. My coaches talk to me about it all the time,” Walker said of the lure to commit to FSU.
That pressure is starting mount for Walker, who is having a difficult time deciding when he should commit.
“I want to make a decision this spring, I want to make a decision this summer, and then it comes back to making a decision this September,” Walker said. “One day I want to make a decision and then somebody tells me this and that. I’m just going to wait it out.”
For a prospect that is all about flash, Walker will surprisingly have little fanfare when he does make his college choice.
“Growing up, I wanted to be the one that would be in front of everybody [on National Signing Day],” Walker said. “But I figure, I’ll make a decision before then, so we can focus on the season.”
Brendan Sonnone is the Sentinel's recruiting correspondent and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Brendan on Twitter at @BSonnone or Facebook at Brendan Sonone or at Orlando Sentinel Recruiting.