Virginia DB Holds Offer From Pack

Hampton (VA) Bethel cornerback Rijo Walker picked up his first offer from NC State and he'll be in Raleigh Saturday for the Pack's spring game. Read on for the latest.

Hampton (VA) Bethel cornerback Rijo Walker has spent most of the early portion of the recruiting process under the radar. He's starting to get the attention he deserves, however, with two offers on the table.

NC State and East Carolina are the two schools that have extended written scholarship offers to the 5-10, 170-pound defensive back.

The Wolfpack were the first to offer, sending their scholarship in the mail on March 12. That early interest has put the Pack in a solid position with Walker.

"If I made a list they (NC State) would be in my top five," he explained. "I'd have State, Duke, UVa, Maryland and (Virginia) Tech. It's just different things for each of them. I haven't been to all of them for visits so I can't say too much yet."

Walker has taken trips to Duke, Maryland and Virginia thus far. He will be visiting NC State in the coming days.

"I haven't really talked to coach Willis much. We've only talked one time, really. He's the one recruiting me, too. I'm going to their spring game on Saturday.

"I'm going with my mother, a couple of my brothers, and one of my friends that they're recruiting -- Deshaun Thomas."

All of the schools Walker has been hearing from are recruiting him as a cornerback. While State and ECU are the only two schools to offer thus far, he should be receiving good news from other schools before too long.

"I've been in touch with coach (Tom) Brattan from Maryland, coach (Latrell) Scott from UVa, and coach (Marion) Hobby from Duke. They've just been trying to get me out to their school for spring practice or a spring game.

"All I know is I won't be able to go to Maryland's. Theirs is Saturday, and that's the same as State's. I'm going to State's instead."

As a sophomore for Bethel, Walker recorded 11 interceptions. He followed that up with four more picks last year as a junior.

Walker said he has no plans to make a decision any time soon.

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