ACC and Big Ten programs in best shape for East's second-ranked RB Ronnie Walker

It is going to be busy few months for four-star Hopewell (Va.) running back Ronnie Walker and he gave Scout the latest.

Ronnie Walker is making progress with his recruitment.

The Hopewell standout is getting close to making some major decisions.

"Before the summer, I'm going to narrow it to between six and ten schools," said the 6-foot, 185-pound Walker. "Some schools with a good chance to make it are Virginia TechMichigan StateDukeIndiana, Rutgers, Virginia and Purdue.

"I have great relationships with those staffs and would be able to compete for early playing time. I also like what those schools offer academically. I'd like to make my decision before my senior season."

His next visit could be Duke.

"They're still recruiting me very hard and I'm going to visit this spring," Walker said. "On the visit, I want to see more of the campus and tour the academic buildings.

"I really love their coaching staff. Coach (David) Cutcliffe is a great head coach and I'm also very close with (running back) coach (Re'quan) Boyette."

He will head to Indiana in early summer.

"They've been coming on strong and showing a lot of interest," Walker said. "I like (running backs) coach (Mike) Hart a lot. He recruited me when he was at Syracuse, so we already had a relationship. He's told me I have the ability and opportunity to play as a true freshman.

"I'm looking forward to meeting all the coaches and hopefully sitting down coach (Tom) Allen. I also want see the campus and get a feel for the environment at the school."

On the same trip, he will stop at Michigan State.

"They have a tradition of producing great running backs like Le'Veon Bell and Jeremy Langford," Walker said. "I also like their pro-style offense and feel like I'd be a good fit. (Defensive tackles) coach (Ron) Burton is recruiting me. We're building a good relationship and I like him a lot.

"I can't wait to go up and visit. I want to meet the players and coaches. I also want to see the campus and learn more about the school."

Walker finished last season with 250 carries for 2,011 yards and 25 touchdowns.

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