This spring, JR Walker is focusing on speed. The Northeastern (NC) three-star athlete runs the 200m, 4x100m and 4x200m for his high school track team.
Walker’s track focus will have a direct impact on the sport in which Walker has garnered the most attention — football. Walker now has 13 scholarship offers, most recently from Maryland, Virginia and Clemson.
With track season underway, Walker (6-foot-1, 205 pounds) said he’s worried less about his recruitment. He’s put in some groundwork though with recent visits and has a planned trip that could shape his decision. But right now, track is his primary focus.
“I do track to stay in shape and get faster for football,” Walker said. “Some workouts we do help with speed and agility. I definitely carry that from track to football.”
Virginia Tech offered Walker, Rivals’ No. 36 athlete and No. 15 player in North Carolina for 2019, last spring as a free safety. He made the trek to Blacksburg on Feb. 3 and visited last fall for the Hokies’ game against Clemson. For Walker, it’s the camaraderie he has with the coaching staff that might resonate most.
“Coach (Bud) Foster and (Charley) Wiles, they check up on me almost every day to see how I’m doing,” Walker said. “Just the love from them...
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