About three weeks ago running back Ronnie Walker was not much of a target for Indiana, but after adding Mike Hart to the staff he has become a top priority for the Hoosiers. Peegs.com spoke with the 6-foot, 185-pound standout from Hopewell H.S. in Hopewell, Virginia.
IU recently jumped into the mix with Walker after him offering him a scholarship earlier this month. He said the coaching staff at Indiana is what stands out for him.
“I like Indiana because of their coaching staff,” he said. “I have built a good relationship with the running backs coach, Coach (Mike) Hart. He just came from Syracuse and it seems to be going well for him there because I have talked to him about the school and all that. I just want to get up there and check out the school. I would like to get up there for a visit. I’d like to watch them practice. I’d also like to sit in on their study tables when they have those, and I want to see the school as well.”
Walker’s relationship with Coach Hart goes back to when the Indiana assistant was on the staff at Syracuse.
“He started recruiting me when he was at Syracuse,” he said about Coach Hart. “I like him a lot. He told me that he really likes my film. He said that he is also impressed with my academics.”
Hart and the rest of the offensive coaches for the Hoosiers have expressed to Walker how much they like his all-around ability as a running back.
“They like that I am an every down back,” he said. “They are impressed with my ability to run with the ball as well as catch it.”
Walker currently has offers from Indiana, Michigan State, Northwestern, Purdue, Rutgers, Duke, Syracuse, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, East Carolina, Marshall and Navy. He said that success on the football field and strong academics will be big for him.
“I will look at the background and the history of the school,” he said. “I will look at whether they have a great program overall. Academics will also be important to me too. Location isn’t a big deal for me.”
The four-star recruit is thinking about making his decision made before the start of his senior, but he will take longer if he needs to.
“I’m thinking about doing it before my senior year,” Walker said. “I could also wait and decide during my senior year.”