Maryland the Favorite for 2014 athlete

D.C. native Robbie Walker of Gonzaga High School named Maryland as his top choice.

Robbie Walker, a 2014 athlete from D.C., is very fond of Maryland and had very good things to say about the Terps. “I love what they've got going on over there,” said Walker, “they're building up their program, I've always been a part of a program on the rise so I would fit right in with them.”

Walker named a top three of Maryland, Rutgers, and UMass, but placed Maryland at the top of the list. “Maryland would definitely be my top choice,” said Walker, “I'm just waiting for my offer. If I got an offer from Maryland they'd be my number one.”

Walker commented on Maryland's recent move to the Big Ten as a positive, saying he really liked the move and thinks it will be good for the university. He also complimented the Terps' uniforms, a feature he believes makes them stand out. He said his parents would like him to go to Maryland because of how close it is to his home and his fathers work.

Walker said the offensive scheme that a team runs is very important to his decision. “I'm looking for a school that's going to have a running back do more than just run up the middle. I'm very versatile, I can catch out of the backfield and everything else.”

Gonzaga went 8-3 in 2012, ranking 3rd among high schools in D.C. Walker had a great junior season, but he says he can do better. “I definitely stepped it up from sophomore year, but I've got higher expectations for next year,” said Walker.

Walker notes that his strengths are “my speed, my hands, my versatility. I can play any position on the field, I'm an athlete.” He addresses his size as his main weakness. Walker is 5'9” 170 lbs. but says he plays like he's the biggest player on the field. He compares himself to Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith, noting that he's a short receiver who makes plays and gets the job done.

Walker has visited Rutgers, Virginia, and Temple. He planned to visit Maryland but had a conflict and couldn't make it. He says he gets the most contact from Rutgers, Missouri, and UMass, who send him letters almost daily. Maryland sends him letters frequently, and Walker plans to make a trip to College Park during the spring. Walker says Maryland defensive coordinator Mike Locksley contacted him and he describes the coach as “a good guy.”

The junior doesn't hold any offers right now, but says he feels like he is close to getting some. “Maryland and Rutgers asked for my transcript,” said Walker, “I think an offer should be coming in sooner or later.”

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