MATTHEWS, N.C. --- Four-star running back Ronnie Walker added North Carolina to his scholarship offer pile on Friday. If not for a mix-up, the offer would have been inserted much sooner.
"They offered like a month ago, but I didn't really know or understand because the new running back coach had come in," Walker said. "[On Friday, UNC's new RB coach DeAndre Smith] was like, 'We really like you [and] we watched your film.; And he said he already knew some of the coaches that had offered me, like coaches from Purdue and coaches from Northwestern."
Walker, a 6-foot, 195-pounder, rushed for 2,011 yards and 25 touchdowns on 250 carries (eight-yard average) for Hopewell (Va.) High in 2016.
In addition to UNC, Walker's offer list -- which now sits at 16 tenders -- also features Duke, Indiana, Michigan State, NC State, Northwestern, Purdue, Rutgers, Syracuse, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest.
"[The UNC offer] means a lot to me," Walker said. "I'd say, they're in my top. They bump out a couple of schools."
Walker won't discuss his top schools list -- which will consist of five or six programs -- just yet. He plans announce it after the Spring Evaluation Period. But, he confirmed UNC will make the cut.
"I like their academics," Walker said. "And their head coach, I like him a lot."
Last September, Walker attended UNC's win over Coastal Division rival Pitt.
"When I went to a game, it was just exciting -- their fan base and what the coaches do, like how they pump their players up," Walker said.
Walker's first visit to UNC occurred last summer. He attended Fedora's Freak Show as a spectator. His next visit to UNC will be this year's Freak Show, but this time he plans to participate.
"It was crazy [last year]," Walker said. "I think I want to perform this year. It's one of those atmospheres where you want to be out there."
Besides UNC, Walker has visited Duke, Virginia, and Virginia Tech. This summer, he's taking a Midwest road trip that will include stops at Indiana, Michigan State, Northwestern, and Purdue.
Early into his senior year, Walker plans to make a verbal commitment.