North Point (Waldorf, Md.) offensive tackle Rasheed Walker has established himself as one of the top linemen in the region. The 6-foot-5, 280-pounder has a growing offer list that includes programs from the ACC, SEC, Big Ten, Big 12 and more.
Walker, who is in the middle of basketball season, has recently added verbals from Georgia, LSU, Kentucky and Minnesota. Those are in addition to earlier looks from Ohio State, Duke, Maryland, Florida, NC State, UNC, Ole Miss, Pitt, Purdue, Rutgers, Tennessee, Syracuse, UVA, WVU, Wake, VA Tech and more.
Currently, the four star is doing his beast to explore his suitors, trekking to campuses whenever he’s able to venture out. So far, Walker has been to Penn State, North Carolina, Va Tech and Maryland, and he’s planning to head back to Chapel Hill, N.C.; State College, Pa., and Blacksburg, Va. Walker also has his sights set on initial trips to RU and Ohio State.
“All the schools I’ve seen so far are nice,” Walker said. “I liked all of them a lot. UNC, Va Tech and Penn State really caught my eye. I liked Va Tech and PSU and everything they had to offer. Also, of the offers I just got, Georgia and LSU stood out. My former teammate, Juwan Briscoe, he goes to UGA, so that makes them stand out some, and I’ve seen LSU on TV a lot. I’m still researching Kentucky and Minnesota.”
One other program Walker has under consideration is hometown Maryland. The Terps were his very first offer, and Walker has established a tight rapport with area recruiter Aazaar Abdul-Rahim.
The North Point product has been in College Park, Md., multiple times for games and camps, and he was supposed to be back Feb. 24. Walker didn’t trek over for another look at the Terps, but he was on campus for the staff’s major prospect day Feb. 4.
“I was at Maryland earlier [in February] just to stop by. It’s a nice program,” Walker said. “I like the staff and everything they have going on there. I feel comfortable there. I like Coach Aazaar and all those guys. They’re cool dudes and I like what they’re saying.”
In particular, Walker mentioned the DMV movement head coach DJ Durkin and Co. are preaching. The North Point product said it’s a concept he’s considering.
“It makes sense to keep the talented athletes in the DMV and get them to stay at Maryland,” he said. “It makes sense. It would make a big difference to the program and what they’re able to do in the Big Ten. But I’m not sure about it yet. I’m still looking at all my options and evaluating everything.”
Walker went on to say that he relates to Abdul-Rahim well and is intrigued by the progress the Terps have made.
“And I really want to see what the new facilities look like when they’re done,” Walker said. “They look really cool.”
But although Walker complimented the local school, he said coaches from Penn State, Ohio State, VA Tech, UNC and RU have been on him the most. That said, he’s open to other programs that may make a charge later in the game.
“The schools I mentioned that are talking to me the most, those kind of stand out, but I’m still open,” Walker said. “I don’t really have a specific school I’m looking for, either, just one that feels like home. I want to find a place I’m comfortable at, where I can play early and where I can see myself living for four years. All the schools I’ve seen fit that – Va Tech, Carolina, Penn State, UNC, Maryland and Rutgers. But I’m just taking my time and evaluating everything that comes in.”
The North Point tackle mentioned location is not a huge factor for him. He also said no school could present a “game-changing” offer to him, per se.
“Right now, as a I said, I’m taking everything in,” Walker said. “I might go through the whole process and see where everything takes me. Or, I might decide on a college in the summer if I find the right place. It all depends.”