Walker Has Wisconsin Connections

Wisconsin wide receiver coach Chris Beatty continues to stay active on the East Coast, offering Hampton (VA) Bethel defensive tackle Ricky Walker.

MADISON - Despite being the last hire by Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen, wide receiver coach Chris Beatty hasn't had a problem adjusting to the Badgers' recruiting approach. Having been busy throughout the East Coast, Beatty extended his latest offer to Hampton (VA) Bethel junior defensive tackle Ricky Walker.

Having worked on his game since coming to the varsity level, the 6-2, 270-pound Walker has taken his game to a new level, winning defensive player of the year for his district after finishing with 90 tackles and 11 sacks.

"My football IQ is my number one thing to work on and I think I did that," Walker told Badger Nation. "That definitely increased (along with) using my hands more for defensive line and learning the specific to be a better player on the field."

Also earning all-district honors on offense, Walker holds 13 offers to date, but his most recent offer from Wisconsin is a program that he is already familiar with. With his coach having sent out film to a number of schools, Wisconsin and Beatty were one of the programs that responded back with high interest.

"I called Coach Beatty and he told me that I was getting offered," Walker said. "Coach Beatty is from this area and he coached Percy Harvin down in Virginia Beach, so that is exciting. He said that he is very, very excited about me from my film and would like to get some Virginia players up there to win another Rose Bowl."

Although he holds local offers from Boston College, Connecticut, Maryland and Virginia Tech, Walker is intrigued by an offer from a Big Ten powerhouse that he has a family connection with.

"The Wisconsin offer is just great," said Walker. "The Big Ten has some big boys like Michigan, Penn State and Ohio State, so Wisconsin gets to take on some of the best. I was very excited about the offer because actually my cousin played at Wisconsin, running back Carlos Daniels. He got a Rose Bowl ring, so that is very big. They got great facilities and been to the Rose Bowl the past three years, so it is a great team and coaching staff."

The connection he has with his cousin being a former player can only bolster Wisconsin's chances, but the relationship Walker is building with Coach Beatty is something he is looking forward to.

"Coach Beatty is very energetic on the field and is obviously doing great things coaching wise and person wise," said Walker. "We are both from Virginia, so that is appealing. He is definitely a great coach and I'm looking forward to meeting him."

Walker is not wasting anytime in wanting to see what some of these schools have to offer, as he will visit North Carolina and Duke on Saturday and Penn State for a spring practice March 23, He is also trying to visit Tennessee March 16 and wants to see Wisconsin.

"If I don't (see Wisconsin) this summer," said Walker, "then I will definitely try to get up there during the fall."

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