Hokies Target Talented Defensive End

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Following a monster junior season in which he racked up 98 tackles including 21 sacks, William Blount (Maryville, TN) defensive end T.J. Walker has racked up significant interest from a handful of top Division 1A programs. This includes Virginia Tech, a program he has shown strong interest in at this point.

“Virginia Tech has shown a lot of interest,” William Blount head coach Scott Meadows said. “Coach Wiles came down and recruited T.J. He was at our practice and stayed for about three or four hours. T.J. has already been up for an unofficial visit and absolutely loved the place. I don’t think I am speaking out of turn in saying that I believe Virginia Tech to be his leader right now.”

Virginia Tech’s first summer camp will take place on June 9th. Walker plans to camp at Virginia Tech this summer, with the 9th being the likely date. Assuming he does camp and performs well, the 6-3, 220-pound prospect could leave with an offer.

“They want him to come to camp and work with him up there,” Meadows said. “All indications are telling that an offer may come at that point.”

In addition to Virginia Tech, Walker has visited Alabama and Tennessee. He plans to camp at both of those schools as well. Walker is garnering significant interest from ACC and SEC programs.

“Tennessee has shown quite a bit of interest. South Carolina, Wake Forest, Alabama, and then your Marshall’s and Middle Tennessee State’s and so forth have shown interest,” Meadows said. “He has a lot of interest. Nobody has offered. Coaches are saying exactly what the Tech coaches have said about camp.”

According to Meadows, Walker is a “major part” of William Blount’s success. In fact, Walker has started on the varsity level since his freshman year. The talented junior plays defensive end and running back and has been successful at each position.

“The biggest thing about him is his athleticism,” Meadows said of Walker, a first-team all-state performer last season as a junior. “He is a big kid. He will be playing at about 225 pounds if not more this season. He has tremendous feet and strength. He uses his hands real well. He disengages from blocks well.”

Walker will be one of 16 returning starters for Coach Meadows next season. William Blount, which plays in 5A,