Comfortable with Beatty

Developing a relationship with a player is everything in recruiting, and wide receiver coach Chris Beatty is developing a good bond with Hampton (VA) Bethel defensive tackle Ricky Walker.

With the amount of schools that have offered him a scholarship, Hampton (VA) Bethel defensive tackle Ricky Walker admits it's been hard trying to build a close-knit relationship with every college assistant coach that reaches out to him.

Offering the 6-2, 270-pound defensive tackle in the beginning of March, Wisconsin has remained active in Walker's recruitment because of wide receiver coach Chris Beatty, who visited Walker and his coach during the spring evaluation period.

"We've built a pretty good relationship," Walker told Badger Nation. "It's nice that he's from the area. I know that if I pick that school he's a guy that is going to take care of me. Him being from the area means that much extra because of the comfort factor I have with him."

Seeing his offer list balloon to at least 17, Walker – a three-star recruit – says he is still excited that he received an offer from the Badgers. With a cousin, running back Carlos Daniels, having played at Wisconsin, the new facilities UW is building and having won the last three conference championships, Walker continues to have interest in UW.

"Coach Beatty really wants me to come for a visit and I want to try and see the school," said Walker. "I've heard a lot about (Wisconsin) and the fact they play in the Big Ten is a real interest to me."

Walker estimates well over dozen BCS coaches that have come through his school in the last few weeks.

"It's been picking up. My coach has been telling me about the schools coming in, leaving their information and me giving them a call. It's been pretty good. I am enjoying going through it."

Having visited Maryland, North Carolina, Penn State and Tennessee over the last several weeks, Walker says he wants to visit Florida State, South Carolina and Wisconsin before seriously narrowing his list, which could start for him in early June.

"I think after all this spring evaluation stuff, and all the coaches come in, I'll sit down with my favorite and narrow it down," Walker explained. "From there, it depends on how my recruitment turns out."


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