Walko Ready for Senior Season

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Seneca Valley (Germantown, MD) offensive tackle Jon Walko’s junior season wasn’t what he envisioned. As a sophomore, he enjoyed an excellent season and was looking forward to improving as a junior. Unfortunately, Walko suffered a knee injury early in his junior season that kept him out for three games.

Though he admittedly had a sub-par year, he still earned first-team all-county, first-team all-metro and second-team all-state honors at offensive tackle last season as a junior. Healthy, he is anxious for a break-out senior season.

“My knee and everything is doing pretty good,” Walko said. “It was kind of a freak thing last year but I was back in three weeks from it. The injury kind of threw everything out of whack for me last year. I know I definitely had a better sophomore year than a junior year, so I’m looking forward to getting out there next season and being the top dog out there. I’m getting goose bumps just thinking about it.”

Walko is not only improving his health this off-season, he is gaining size and strength as well. According to Seneca Valley Head Coach Terry Changuris, his star lineman now stands 6-6, weighs 295 pounds, and is getting bigger and stronger.

“He’s only 17 and he’s getting bigger by the month,” Changuris said. “I’ve never seen a kid get as big as he has as fast as he has. The thing he needed to improve this summer was his strength, and he’s getting stronger.”

Some Division I-A schools have asked Walko to attend their summer camp in order to see how good his footwork is following his junior year. Eight schools have already extended official scholarship offers, and they include Virginia Tech, West Virginia (who was the first to offer), Syracuse, Clemson, Marshall, Purdue, Kent State, and Towson.

The Hokies, led by primary recruiter Tony Ball, offered Walko during a Spring practice earlier this year.

“I went [to Virginia Tech] about five or six weeks ago for a Spring practice,” Walko said. “It was during my Spring Break. I had a chance to meet Coach Beamer, see what practice was like, and see how the offensive line coach coaches. Coach Beamer called me into his office while I was there and that’s where they offered me. It was exciting.”

Walko, who also visited West Virginia, Syracuse, and Kent State (where his father played football…Walko says the fact that his father played for KSU won’t be a factor in his decision) over his Spring Break, enjoyed Virginia Tech’s campus and