Bethel (Hampton, VA) defensive tackle Ricky Walker had hopes of putting the recruiting process behind him before the start of his senior season. His recruitment stretched into the fall of his senior year, but Walker finally found what he was looking for in Virginia Tech.
Walker, a 6’2″, 270-pound senior, informed head coach Frank Beamer of his decision this past Sunday morning while at breakfast on the final day of his official visit in Blacksburg.
“As the weekend was going on, I felt like it was the place to be,” Walker said, reflecting on his college decision.
“The weekend was great. I bonded with a couple of the recruits there, like CJ Reavis and Terrell Edmunds. I spent some time with Kendall Fuller and Brandon Facyson and enjoyed my time with them.
“I was planning on committing before the season, but I wanted to focus on the season. For my mom, last weekend was her first time going to Blacksburg. I just felt very comfortable with the whole situation.”
Assistant coach Cornell Brown, who was a star at Virginia Tech, led the way as Walker’s primary recruiter. Defensive coordinator Bud Foster and defensive line coach Charley Wiles also helped with recruiting the standout defender.
“I’ve built good relationships with Coach Brown, Coach Wiles, and Coach Foster,” Walker said. “Coach Brown gave me a lot of insight into Virginia Tech. He’s a great guy all around. He did great things at Virginia Tech and in the NFL.”
Walker, a 4-star prospect and the no. 10 senior overall in the state in the TSL Preseason Top 40, certainly helps fulfill Virginia Tech’s need for defensive tackles in this class. The need became greater when a pair of defensive tackles — freshman Wyatt Teller and red-shirt freshman Alston Smith — moved to the offensive line. As of now, only five scholarship defensive tackles (not including transfer Wade Hansen) are projected to be on Tech’s roster in the 2014 season.
The depth chart opportunity “played a big role,” Walker said. “Next fall, I’ll be competing for early playing time.”
The play of Bud Foster’s defense this season is also not lost on Walker.
“The defense is great. It’s nationally ranked every year. It’s Beamer Ball,” he said.
Walker, who chose Virginia...
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