On Tuesday, we took a look at 4-star running back Jaelen Gill and addressed how the running back position was a need for Virginia Tech for the Class of 2018. Today, we’ll talk about another running back who could help the Hokies in Ronnie Walker.
Walker is an in-state, 4-star prospect at running back. He plays for Hopewell High School in Hopewell, VA. Walker is listed at 5-foot-11, 185-pounds and is the seventh-best player in Virginia, according to the 247Sports Composite. Walker has 10 scholarship offers so far, seven of which have come from Power 5 programs. Those Power 5 programs include the likes of Virginia, Duke, Michigan State, Rutgers and Syracuse.
Though Walker doesn’t have a big offer list at the moment, he has received interest from schools like Texas, Florida State, Penn State and NC State. Walker also does not have an offer yet from Virginia Tech, but he believes one is coming.
Walker says that he talks with Virginia Tech Running Backs Coach Zohn Burden regularly, though not all the time. He says he camped at Virginia Tech in the summer of 2016 and really likes what the Hokies have to offer.
“They have a great head coach, they have a great program overall,” Walker said. “That’s a great school to go to.”
“I’m an all-down offensive player,” Walker said. “I know how to catch, I know how to block and blocking is very important in the game. I can run the ball pretty well and I’ve got speed.”
Walker said he ran for 2,011 yards and 25 touchdowns in his junior season, and gave credit to his coaches.
“My offseason really helped me progress,” Walker said. “The way I was working out with my coaches and doing track and field, it really put work into my junior year.”
Virginia Tech needs a running back, and the Hokies have already missed on their top target. Ricky Slade, a Virginia kid and a 5-star recruit, recently committed to Penn State, leaving the Hokies to look elsewhere. Other backs with offers at this point include Marcus Caldwell, a 3-star back from Clemmons, NC. and Mychale Salahuddin from Washington D.C. Virginia Tech is also in the running for 4-star recruit Jamal Elliott. Given the low number of running backs with offers at this point, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Walker offered soon.
Walker’s interest in Virginia Tech seems real, and if the Hokies move quickly, they could really develop a relationship. Tech could end up being one of Walker’s best options come Signing Day, and Walker could shore up a thin running back rotation. Walker hopes to visit Virginia Tech unofficially again this summer.