2014 Intro: Ricky Walker
Ricky Walker
Posted Jul 19, 2012
Michael B. Clark

Ricky Walker has two years of high school football left, but it is clear that he has a chance to become a big-time player. The Bethel High (Hampton, Va.) defensive tackle already has three scholarship offers and is hearing from numerous other schools.

“A couple days ago I received an offer from Virginia Tech, so that’s three offers,” said Ricky Walker. “I also have offers from North Carolina and Old Dominion.”

Walker has been to a couple of camps this summer.

“In June, I camped at North Carolina and the next day I received an offer,” he said. “I also camped at Penn State and the coaches loved me. They showed me around campus and gave me a tour.”

The 6-foot-1, 270-pound lineman has also heard from Cincinnati, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Oregon, and Tennessee. Walker could take another trip in the near future.

“I’m probably done with camps, but I might make it up to one of Virginia Tech’s practices in August,” he said.

He has a good relationship with one of the Hokies’ coaches.

“I really like Coach (Curt) Newsome at Virginia Tech,” Walker said. “He’s been on me since I was a freshman, so we have a good bond. He’s also been to my school a couple of times."

Walker is taking his time with the recruiting process.

“I’m very wide open,” he said. “I’m not looking to make a commitment anytime soon. I am just waiting to see what schools offer and see what's is on the table for me.”

The Bethel star has an idea of some unofficial visits he will take this fall.

“I am going to the Penn State-Ohio State game, I think,” he said. “I am going to a game at West Virginia, the UVA-Virginia Tech game, and one at North Carolina.”

The rising junior knows what he is looking for at the next level.

“As far as football, I want to play for a winning program,” said Walker. “I want to go to a great school with a great history. I also want to go to a school where the players are not too cocky, know how to carry themselves, and are good student-athletes.”

Walker has high goals for his junior season.

“I have a lot of goals this season,” he said. “I want to be all-district and all-region. I also want to lead the district in sacks and win defensive player of the district.”

Last season, Walker had 85 tackles and 12 sacks. He bench presses 335 pounds, squats 430, and runs the 40-yard dash in five seconds flat.

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