Walker on the verge of Big Orange offer?

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With defensive linemen Maurice Couch, Daniel Hood, Jacques Smith, Marlon Walls, Corey Miller and Daniel McCullers all set to depart Tennessee after the 2013 season, the coaching staff is hard at work to fill holes through recruiting.

One 6-foot-2, 275-pound defensive tackle has drawn the eye of the Vol coaching staff and could be a on the verge of snagging an offer. Ricky Walker visited Knoxville for the Dish Network Orange & White game and thinks an offer could come soon.

"I think it is getting there," Walker told InsideTennessee. "I think they are close. They are coming down to my school in a couple of weeks. We stay in contact on Facebook and stuff like that so hopefully I will get some get news. Tennessee, (would) definitely be at the top. It's a great school. Hopefully, we will see what happens."

A three-star prospect, Walker finished his junior season with Bethel (Va.) High School collecting 90 tackles and 11 sacks despite missing three games due to injury. After visits to Penn State and several others, Walker says the Vols topped the list.

"This was actually my first spring game," he said. "It was the best visit I have had over Maryland, Penn State and all those places. This was the best visit. I traveled eight hours, but it was definitely worth it."

Tennessee defensive line coach Steve Stripling and defensive graduate assistant Chase Gibson are recruiting the Hampton, Va., native and should be getting in his ear all the more often now that spring practice has come to a close.

"Coach Strip is a really good guy," Walker said. "He is really busy with spring. Now that spring is over he and I are going to be on the phone a lot more often and building that relationship."

Currently, Walker has offers from 16 Division I schools including an SEC offer from Ole Miss. One plus for the Vols, the trench warrior was very impressed by the turnout of former Vols and actually knows one Orange & White superstar.

"The atmosphere and the love for each player is great coming here to Rocky Top," he said. "Justin Hunter, I know him from the beach area and it was just great. It was a great visit."

Walker fits as a three-technique defensive tackle in defensive coordinator John Jancek's scheme and says he's got a bit of nasty that has drawn the Vols attention.

"They say I play with a chip on my shoulder," he said. "My quickness, my speed and my hands would be great for the inside and playing against the big boys in the SEC. We will see what happens."

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