4-star recruit, #25 DT in America, #11 player in Virginia
For all the talk about the amount of defensive linemen that Virginia Tech didn’t get in the 2014 class, people seem to forget about Ricky Walker. He is a 4-star defensive tackle recruit who chose the Hokies over Nebraska, Pitt, Michigan State, Penn State, South Carolina, Wisconsin, and many other programs. Knowing how Charley Wiles develops defensive linemen, it’s certainly not far fetched to think that Walker might end being the best college defensive tackle out of all those 2014 guys.
As a senior at Bethel High School, Walker had 73 tackles, 15 TFL and 11 sacks. As a junior he also had 11 sacks. He was one of the most productive players on the Peninsula, and a guy that many major schools had at or near the top of their recruiting board at his position.
Walker played some linebacker and some defensive end early in his career, but he kept growing and spent almost all of his senior season inside at defensive tackle. That’s his natural position, and he thrived there as a senior. Click here for his Hudl highlights.
The things that stand out to me about Walker include…
Quick off the ball: Walker fires out of his stance quickly, and is often in the backfield before offensive linemen have a chance to react.
Good initial punch: If Walker doesn’t blow by a guy, he uses his hands well to create a a leverage advantage which allows him to get into the backfield.
Speed: The 40 yard dash is overrated, particularly for certain positions, but Walker flashes good...
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