After piling up almost 20 scholarship offers, Hampton (Va.) defensive tackle Ricky Walker released his top five schools earlier this month. That list included Penn State, Virginia Tech, South Carolina, North Carolina and Pittsburgh.
Recently, West Virginia made an effort to try and enter the mix, offering the talented defender his latest offer. Though he admits he was "caught off guard" by the offer, it was certainly a welcome surprise.
"I came to school for practice and my coach always puts my mail in my locker," Walker said. "I saw a Syracuse letter but nothing from West Virginia. But one of my coaches, who is a West Virginia fan, personally delivered it to me. When I saw it was a scholarship offer I was excited. I definitely plan to learn more about them and see how things go."
The 6-foot-2, 275 pound defender is trying to gather specifics on the Mountaineers, but is well aware of the national brand they carry.
"Well, it's West Virginia," he laughed. "Everybody knows West Virginia. I know it's a good school academically and the fans are great. They just moved into a new conference which is definitely a plus. I also know they got new uniforms which are sweet."
According to Walker, it's not too late for West Virginia to enter the mix for his services, despite his recent announcement of a top five that did not include WVU.
"West Virginia definitely has a chance," Walker stated. "Hopefully I'll hear more about them and more from their coaches. My top five is not permanent and anyone can jump in."
In no rush to rush to make a decision, the Scout.com 3-star plans to finalize plans soon to visit his top schools in the near future.
"I plan on making my official visits during the season," he said. "I'm unsure where and when but I hope to figure that out soon."
Despite missing three games last season to injury, Walker recorded 90 tackles and 11 sacks. He was also a first-team all-district selection, and Defensive Player of the Year for his region.