Camp Report: TN DE T.J. Walker

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William Blount (Maryville, TN) defensive end prospect T.J. Walker attended Virginia Tech’s camp last Saturday in hopes of receiving his first official Division 1A scholarship offer. The 6-3, 221-pound rising senior did not return home with an offer, but he did turn in a good performance and remains very much on Virginia Tech’s recruiting radar.

“I surprised myself in some of the drills,” Walker said of his camp performance. “I think I did better than anyone else at my position in the 30. I was feeling pretty good.”

Walker recalled what Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer indicated about his offer status. He expects to hear from Charley Wiles as soon as this week for more information, but a definitive answer on an offer may not come until after the July 14th camp.

“After the camp, I went to Coach Beamer’s office,” Walker recalled. “Me, my dad, Coach Wiles and Coach Beamer were in there. Coach Beamer said he really liked the way I play. He wants to see how much size I can get on, but he really liked the way I play. I think the camp helped me out, but they want to wait until after the next camp before making a decision on an offer. They just want to look at a few other guys first. I guess I’ll just sit and hope.”

Despite not receiving an offer, Walker still lists Virginia Tech as his favorite.

“Virginia Tech is my top school right now,” Walker said. “Tech is my favorite school and it is a pretty good distance ahead of the others, but I am going to take other visits this summer.”

Tech impressed Walker earlier this spring, when the Tennessee prep star made an unofficial visit. Last weekend’s trip only enhanced the program’s standing.

“At most football camps, all the talk is about football,” Walker said. “What is really neat is when I got there and went in the team meeting room they were talking about academics. That impressed my family a lot. Virginia Tech is a clean, neat place. It was a campus I liked a lot. I also feel like I have a connection with the coaching staff.”

One of the top rising senior defensive ends in the state of Tennessee, Walker racked up 98 tackles including 21 sacks and four forced fumbles last season as a junior. Claiming to have run an electronically timed 4.51 in the 40-yard dash two months ago, he is very fast for his size. A good athlete, Walker competes