Walko Returns from Blacksburg

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This past weekend’s official visit to Virginia Tech was extremely important for Seneca Valley (Germantown, MD) offensive tackle prospect Jon Walko. Virginia Tech is a finalist for the 6-6, 295-pound Washington Post all-metro selection who expects to have a final decision made over the Holidays.

“I’m hoping to make a decision at Christmas dinner,” Walko said. “I’m not sure that will happen, but we’ll see.”

Walko, who has made an unofficial visit for a Tech practice this Spring and an unofficial visit to a Virginia Tech home football game this Fall, wanted primarily to find out how well he fit in with the players on his latest experience. What did he think of Tech’s players?

“They were real cool,” Walko said. His host was Jimmy Martin. “I hung out with them for 2 nights. We played poker and watched some football…I had a good time both nights.”

Walko made an official visits to West Virginia and Virginia Tech on consecutive weekends. Did the official visits separate one school from the other?

“Not right now,” Walko said. “I probably will start leaning one way or the other when I talk everything through. I’m going to sit down and talk with my parents about each school.”

Virginia Tech informed Walko that they are definitely recruiting him as an offensive tackle. West Virginia likes him as an offensive tackle as well.


Walko has some work to do in order to qualify academically, but he knows exactly what he needs to do in the classroom and has been doing a great job so far this year. Both programs would be supportive no matter what happens.

“Right now, we’ve projected certain grades that I need to get in order to qualify,” Walko said. “I should qualify, but if I didn’t both schools have said they would stand by me with a scholarship offer. They would find a way to get me in school.”