No. 14 OT Rasheed Walker digs into top six of ACC, Big Ten schools

CLIFTON, Va. -- Scout 300 offensive tackle Rasheed Walker delves into is top six, and explains what visits are next.

Rasheed Walker, the No. 14 offensive tackle in the 2018 class, recently announced a top six, but the Waldorf (Md.) North Point standout gave a clue as to where his mind sits.

The 6-foot-6, 295- pound Walker has Penn State, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Ohio State, Maryland and Rutgers in his top six, and is planning more visits.

"I get a good feel from all of them, don't get me wrong, so I don't know if I can say any stand out," Walker said. "I have a better relationship with all those coaches and I've been to all those schools.

"I plan to get back to Penn State and UNC, and in the summertime I may take a trip Florida and LSU. I want to take official visits but most likely I will decide before my senior season."

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A commonality with Walker's top six is a personal connection with each school, and with North Carolina it began early.

"I've always been a UNC fan when I was younger," Walker said. "I played for a youth team named the FBR Tar Heels, so I always wanted to wear that Carolina Blue."

Visiting campus accentuated his feeling about the Tar Heels.

"When I went down there, it was a real good feeling," he said. "I know they have demand at my position. I like the people down there, too."

Penn State has a strong presence in Maryland, and during visits to campus Walker got a strong vibe.

"I have a good relationship with the coaches and I fell in love when I went up there," he said. "I get a good feeling there. I like the atmosphere, the tradition and how they run things. It's pretty cool to me."

He is recruited by several coaches on staff, including assistant coach Charles Huff, offensive line coach Matt Limegrover and coach James Franklin.

"They seem to be like real people," Walker said. "They are not just blowing smoke in my eyes. They speak facts."

Walker has plenty of interest in hometown Maryland, and the approach by coach D.J. Durkin and his staff is pleasing to him.

"They're close to home, and I've been up there a few times and I've gotten to know the staff pretty well," Walker said. "I like the whole new Cole Fieldhouse they are re-doing.

"I think they realize they need to keep all the talent in the DMV. They've really been pushing for the kids in Maryland and D.C. and Virginia to stay. They've been doing a good job with it, too."

A surprise member of the top six is Rutgers, and it is Walker's connection with the coaching staff keeping the Scarlet Knights involved.

"I talk to coach (A.J.) Blazek a lot. He's the offensive line coach," he said. "I've been up there twice and I had fun when I went up there. I like the program, you get a good degree from Rutgers and the football team is on the come-up."

Recruits often have a strong connection with Blazek, and Walker explained why he is close with him.

"He's a family guy," Walker said. "He is easy to have a conversation with, he's easy to talk to. He's not one of those dudes who just wants to talk about football. He can talk about how your day went or what you like to eat. It's conversations like that."

Walker certainly made the rounds in recruiting and Ohio State is a school he visited multiple times.

Plenty stands out about the Buckeyes, including the level of competition in practice.

"They've been recruiting me for a long time," he said. "I've been up there a few times and I'm impressed by what I saw. Everybody knows it is THE Ohio State. I think I can play there. 

"I went (to practice) on the winner-losers day. It got real up there. It was something else. It was intense."

Finally, Virginia Tech offers familiarity and a connection with former training partner and February signee Nathan Proctor. Walker also likes the commitment of the coaching staff.

"Family. They're big on family," he said. "It's a good atmosphere. They take football really serious."


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