Walker Checks Out Pitt

Ricky Walker has more than two dozen offers to consider. This past Friday, he made the trip to Pittsburgh to check out the Panthers.

Despite missing just two games as a junior in 2012, Ricky Walker finished with 90 tackles and 11sacks.

At 6-2, 275, he's used to hearing all the questions about his height. It hasn't scared off the colleges, as he's accumulated over two dozen offers.

When he came to Pittsburgh on Friday, he met with another player who once heard questions about his height, too--Aaron Donald.

Donald, listed at 6-0, 270, has earned all-conference honors two years in a row, and has racked up 16.5 sacks in the last two years.

"I really didn't get a chance to read about him before the visit, but now I know he's one of the top defensive tackles in the ACC," Walker said. "I heard he was a pretty good athlete, and I was excited to meet him. Me and him, being undersized defensive tackles, it was nice to be able to relate to somebody like that. He was real nice, a real cool guy."

Overall on the visit, Walker says there is a lot to like about Pittsburgh.

"Pitt was great," Walker said. "It's in the city. I didn't expect much, but I loved it. The Panthers are very beautiful. They have great facilities, and they're right next to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Growing up as a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, that was pretty exciting. Pitt surprised me."

Walker said he also liked the chance to meet head coach Paul Chryst, and that Bob Junko gave him a pretty good tour of the whole area.

"I loved Coach Junko," Walker said. "He showed me all around the campus. Pitt showed me that they're there for the kids. It was all very good."

Walker says he has no leaders, but that he'd like to narrow his list to a top five pretty soon. He's also visited North Carolina recently, and will head to Virginia Tech later in July.

In addition to his 90 tackles and 11 sacks, Walker was a first-team all-district selection, and Defensive Player of the Year for his region,


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