Local OT Walker Loves 1st Look From UMD

North Point (Waldorf, Md.) offensive tackle Rasheed Walker landed a UMD offer March 7.

North Point (Waldorf, Md.) offensive tackle Rasheed Walker had a story to tell about how his first scholarship offer came about. The 6-foot-5, 285-pound sophomore was sitting in study hall after team weight-training March 7 when his head coach stormed into the room with a rather menacing look on his face. He directed Walker to leave immediately and come into his office, leading to snickers from the tackle’s teammates.

“Then my coach tells me that Coach B [Dave Borbely] from Maryland was on the phone and wanted to talk to me,” Walker said. “I was all nervous like, but then Coach B was like, ‘I just want you to know that I’m going to be your offensive line coach in two years.’ I was like, ‘What?’ And he was like, ‘I know I told you we were going to wait until the camp June 18 to offer you, but we decided to do it now. Congratulations on your first offer.’

“After he said that I just had the adrenaline pumping. I was real excited. Then I went back to study hall and told my team what happened and shared the good news with everyone, and they all applauded me. That made me feel real good about myself.”

It meant even more that Walker’s initial offer came from the hometown school. A Washington, D.C., native who moved to Southern Maryland in the fifth grade, Walker grew up in the shadows of College Park, Md., and watched numerous games on TV.

“I was just excited and blessed, and to get an offer from Maryland was big,” Walker said. “Being a DMV guy and to get the first offer from a school in the DMV, that’s big for me. That’s real big. Maryland’s a great school, and for them to be first makes me feel real good.”

The North Point product actually visited UMD March 3, his first time interacting with head coach D.J. Durkin and his staff. Walker had previously been through College Park for various campus, but his most recent trek was his initial foray through campus.

“Seeing the whole school for the first time, it was pretty impressive. I loved the campus,” Walker said. “Then I was feeling the love from all the coaches, and just the vibe and atmosphere there were great. I loved meeting Coach B for the first time, as well as Coach Durkin and some of the other guys. It’s great coaches at Maryland.

“I also really liked the facilities they’re about to get. Those are going to be real nice.”

Now that he’s received his first taste, Walker wants to return in short order. He said he be back in College Park for a spring practice later this month.

“I can’t wait to get back to Maryland and to meet Coach B again,” said Walker, who will still attend UMD’s camp June 18 even though he’s secured the verbal. “Coach B just seems like such a nice guy, and he’s real cool. I want to see how he coaches his guys.”

Maryland was actually the first college visit Walker’s taken. He’s not sure whether he’ll take in any other campuses during March, but plans to hit Rutgers while at a camp in New Jersey.

Walker is also receiving interest from the likes of RU, Wake Forest, NC State, Temple and Penn State, in addition to others.

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“I like Maryland a lot, but right now I’m focused on getting better as a player,” said Walker, who mentioned he has 81-inch arms, which is ideal for a left tackle. “I love Maryland, but I’ve just got to keep progressing, getting better and seeing where it leads me.”

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