Lions Eye Va. Junior DT

The Penn State staff is getting in on the game early with defensive tackle Ricky Walker. What does he think about PSU?

Ricky Walker was shocked Tuesday morning in the hallways of Bethel High in Hampton, Va.

The Class of 2014 defensive tackle had just heard his fourth offer had come in to join previous offers from Old Dominion, North Carolina and Virginia Tech. The latest offer came from Penn State.

“I was kind of shocked, but just a little bit,” Walker said. “They were recruiting me hard, so I sort of expected it, but I still am completely humble and think it's a great opportunity. I appreciate them thinking I'm good enough to offer.”

At 6-foot-1, 270 pounds, Waters plays three different positions on his Bethel High team, one that is 5-2 thus far this season. Waters is unsure how many tackles he has this season, but there is no doubt that he's wrecked havoc in the backfield, as the junior has already recorded eight sacks through seven games.

“I love defense, because you get to be aggressive and get to hit people, and I love that,” Walker said. “That's my momentum.”

Waters has been primarily recruited by Nittany Lions running backs coach Charles London and defensive line coach Larry Johnson, respectively. He feels he has pretty good relationships with both.

“Coach Johnson is a very tough guy, and I love it,” said Walker, who attended one of Penn State's Advanced Skill Camps in June. “When I camped, Coach Johnson and I made a relationship, and we made it in one day, which is very important. And Coach London is very relaxed and a great guy.”

Walker visited Virginia already, but now, he has another visit planned, one he didn't expect to previously.

“We got it all figured out, so I'll be heading up to Penn State in two weeks to watch them play Ohio State,” Waters said. “I'm pretty excited about it.”

Walker has no timetable set to make a decision, but he sees an improvement in his play this season, one he believes helped catch the Nittany Lions' eye.

“I feel like I've improved a lot at being a leader,” Walker said. “I'm not so much a vocal guy, but leading by example. On the field, I feel my technique has gotten a lot better in the trenches, and with playing both ways, my conditioning has got a lot better.”


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