A major factor in the decision making process of 6-6, 295-pound offensive line target Jon Walko is game atmosphere. The Seneca Valley (Germantown, MD) standout has made no secret of his desire to go somewhere with an excellent football atmosphere, and Virginia Tech may have set the standard.
“It was awesome,” Walko said of his visit to Tech. “It was just crazy. The fans are in the game for every snap. You have to yell just to talk to the person sitting next to you.”
The 2 other schools that have been at the top of Walko’s list are Clemson and West Virginia. He plans on visiting those 2 schools unofficially as well. He has seen games at Maryland and Penn State this year, but doesn’t have an offer from either program.
“I still want to see Clemson and West Virginia,” Walko said. “It’s going to be tough to match what [Virginia Tech] had. I’m going to Clemson on October 25th. I have to reschedule West Virginia. I was supposed to go to the Maryland game, but my team’s game was rain delayed until Saturday so I couldn’t make it.”
Walko, who had been to Virginia Tech before for a spring practice, had a chance to see more of the campus this past weekend.
“They have a real nice campus,” Walko said. “I saw parts of the campus I hadn’t seen before. It was nice.”
Walko also had a chance to speak to Offensive Coordinator and Offensive Line Coach Bryan Stinespring.
“Coach Stinespring is a funny guy,” Walko said. “I sat in on one of the line meetings. He’s a high-spirited and fun guy, but he still tells you what you need to do to get better.”
Following the remaining unofficial visits he will take this Fall, Walko says he “might take some officials. Everyone says I should. You only go through the recruiting process one time in your life, so I should make the most of it.”
As for favorites, the excellent trip to Blacksburg didn’t necessarily vault the Hokies to being the outright leader. Tech made an excellent impression, but Walko admits he cannot name a clear favorite.
“No,” Walko replied, asked if he had any favorite schools. “It’s tough. It’s real hard to put anybody at the top without seeing everything. I’ve thought about it I don’t know how many times. I just go back and forth.”
Walko enjoyed a stellar sophomore year but, due largely to a knee injury that kept him out of a few games last year, did not have an excellent junior season....
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