To this point, Hopewel (Va.) 2018 four-star running back Ronnie Walker claims 10 offers. He’s looking those up and down, but he’s also hopeful and open to plenty more that could come as well.
Walker is still also very early in his recruiting process. He’s only been on one visit, though more are coming that could dictate how the rest of his process goes.
“I’m looking to the program and like the background of the environment,” Walker said. “Also, I’m looking at academics because football doesn’t last long. You’ve gotta have something to fall back on. So that comes up a lot, too.”
Walker’s offers thus far have come from Michigan State, Northwestern, Duke, Syracuse, Rutgers, Virginia, Vanderbilt, Navy, East Carolina and Marshall. And of the group, he claims no standouts.
“I just like the fact that the schools that offered me are really interested in me,” Walker said. “Then, going to see the campuses and seeing how it felt to be on campus, that’s really good. I’ve got some great relationships with coaches at various schools.”
Walker’s only trip thus far came Jan. 28, when he took in North Carolina’s junior day. Though the Tar Heels have yet to offer, Walker said he’s hopeful it will come soon.
“I like UNC a lot, their program, with Coach (Larry) Fedora and my recruiting coach, Coach (John) Papuchis, I really like them,” he said. “I asked them various questions and they responded well, especially on the academic side. They told me about tutoring, what you can major in and stuff like that. They had some players come up there and speak and tell is what they think about college.”
Next up, Walker said he plans to take in junior days at Virginia and Duke. And both have made an early impression on him.
“The coaches at UVA and Duke, they love me a lot,” Walker said. “I have a great relationship with the running backs coaches at both schools. Me and (Virginia) Coach (Mark) Atuaia just talked Tuesday and he told me, ‘We know how we feel about you, we want you here and it’s your turn next.’”
Walker is still waiting to hear more from his other in-state school, Virginia Tech. His first experience in Blacksburg came last summer at one of the Hokies’ recruiting camps.
“I have a little interest in them,” Walker said. “Coach (Justin) Fuente, he’s a great head coach in that program. I just like what he’s done there.”
Also on the docket are visits to Michigan State, West Virginia, Northwestern, Vanderbilt and Rutgers. But in the meantime, the Scout300 running back has work to do himself.
“I think my explosiveness and my balance stands out now,” Walker said. “The things I have to work on, I know I can get faster in catching and blocking better. I need to just keep improving on those.”