Penn State '18 MD OL - Rasheed Walker (Penn State Verbal)

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    TALKING HIM DOWN

    Before they made the trek to New Jersey on Tuesday afternoon, Meyer and Johnson were in Waldorf, Maryland, to see North Point four-star offensive tackle Rasheed Walker.

    The meeting — which was first reported by247Sports — comes just days ahead of his official visit to Penn State, one during which some prognosticators believe he may pledge his services to the Nittany Lions.

    With four-star offensive tackle Max Wray already in the fold and the staff putting a full-court press on five-star Jackson Carman for much of the process, the 6-foot-5, 280-pound Walker was often a forgotten prospect. He's always been interested in Ohio State, though, listing the Buckeyes in his Top 6 alongside Maryland, North Carolina, Penn State, Rutgers and Virginia Tech back in April.

    Walker has been to campus several times over the last year, but the distance from his home isn't necessarily ideal. He admitted this summer the eight- to nine-hour drive has stopped him from visiting more often, and that's the biggest reason he's been linked most often to the Nittany Lions.

    However, with Penn State already holding commitments from three offensive tackles, sources close to the Nittany Lions' program have rtold Eleven Warriors they are focused first and foremost on the talent they could potentially bring in on the defensive line in the form of Oweh, Parsons and Smith. Rescinding an offer from defensive end commitment Dorian Hardy following a fight at his school, however, now puts Penn State in a position where it could accept Walker's pledge this weekend and still chase the others through their respective announcements.

    That is likely the biggest reason Meyer and Johnson made the trip. Walker is set to take an unofficial visit to Ohio State on Oct. 28, and that likely won't happen if he decides to end the recruiting process this weekend.

    As mentioned, the Buckeyes hold only one commitment at offensive tackle at this point in time, yet hope to add one or two more this cycle. If Walker is off the board, that means Carmen and Nicholas Petit-Frere become must-get prospects or the staff will have to look for contingencies in the form of players like Kentucky commit and St. Ignatius three-star Darian Kinnard.
     
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    Rasheed Walker to visit Ohio State

    There’s expected to be a huge amount of talent on hand for the Buckeyes’ game against Penn State, and the list keeps getting longer.

    On Thursday, Waldorf (Md.) North Point offensive tackle Rasheed Walker told Rivals.com he will take an unofficial visit to Ohio State for that game. Walker is a 4-star and the No. 108 overall prospect in the 247Sports composite rankings. Getting him on campus to begin with is great, but the fact that it’s an unofficial means he’ll also be back.

    Walker will get to see a showdown between the two teams viewed to have the best shot of landing him. The Nittany Lions are currently the favorite to pick up his commitment, but Walker said he’s excited to see what the Buckeyes have to offer on his visit.

    “They offered me early on in my recruiting process, so I talk to them a whole lot,” he told Rivals. “I wish it was a night game, but it’s still going to be loud. I went to an Ohio State game last year and that was pretty intense. I know this one is going to be even more intense.”

    Walker has spoken with Isaiah Prince — another Maryland native — about playing for the Buckeyes and the general transition from high school to college. The 4-star offensive tackle is saving his official visits for November and December. He said he knows he’ll take officials to Ohio State, Penn State and Virginia Tech and is also considering taking visits to Maryland and Florida.
     
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    Rasheed Walker confirms Ohio State visit

    There’s a major recruiting weekend coming for the Buckeyes, and one of Ohio State’s top remaining targets along the offensive line will be in town to see the two schools that are probably his top two options.

    That is Rasheed Walker, a 4-star tackle from Waldorf (Md.) North Point and a player that has 93 percent of his 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions going to the Buckeyes’ opponent this weekend, Penn State.

    Over the last few months, Walker’s recruitment has been pretty quiet. Speculation that Penn State (with 22 commitments) was running out of room for him seems to have been overblown a bit, and in recent weeks the rumor mill has been working overtime with Walker-to-Penn State conjecture.

    The Buckeyes will see Walker on an unofficial visit this weekend, something he confirmed with Land of 10 on Tuesday, and that means there’s at least an outside chance that he’ll get to Columbus one more time after this weekend for an official. That would be big, big news for Ohio State if it were to come to fruition, but it will only happen if they’re able to hold off what’s sure to be a major Penn State push in coming weeks.
     
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    Rasheed Walker and Buckeyes visit

    Though Jackson Carman was the “biggest” official visitor on campus this past weekend for the Buckeyes, it could be said – because of Ohio State’s lack of offensive line depth – that Waldorf (Md.) 4-star prospect Rasheed Walker was just as vital, though he was in town in an unofficial capacity.

    Walker isn’t the most talkative kid in the world, but he said his experience at Ohio State was a good one.

    “It was fun,” Walked told Land of 10. “I enjoyed myself a lot. Me and my dad went for his birthday.”

    The country’s 11th-ranked offensive tackle said he wasn’t surprised by the atmosphere in Columbus because he’s been there before. This time around, though, it was easier for Walker to see where he would fit in at Ohio State. The Buckeyes have made him a priority as Penn State wasn’t sure where he’d fit, numbers-wise.

    Maryland and Virginia Tech are among the other schools to watch, but this recruitment is very likely to come down to the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions. Each school will be expecting an official visit from Walker in December before he makes a decision in early January.
     
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    4-star OT Rasheed Walker

    As soon as Carman chose Clemson, it became more important for Ohio State to find its way back into the battle for Rasheed Walker. Will it happen? That remains to be seen, as most projections have the Waldorf (Md.) North Point offensive tackle headed to Penn State. However, he used his Penn State official visit and has his Ohio State one left for January, so the Buckeyes will at least be able to take their crack at him. Walker is the No. 6 offensive tackle, so he’d be a huge addition to the class. This is definitely the Buckeyes’ most winnable battle for an elite offensive tackle, which means Meyer needs to find a way to get it done.
     
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    He has a visit to Ohio State scheduled and it is a OSU/Penn State battle............

    My gut tells me Penn State..........:(
     
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    I think it'll be Penn State too but i've been reading for the last couple weeks OSU has had momentum in this one and gained a lot of ground. Not dead yet.
     
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    CRUNCH TIME

    One of only 23 uncommitted prospects attending this weekend's U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Waldorf, Maryland, North Point four-star offensive tackle Rasheed Walker has a little over a month to decided where he wants to play his college ball.

    “I'm down to Ohio State, Penn State and Virginia Tech,” he told Eleven Warriors following the East squad's practice on Thursday afternoon.

    The 6-foot-6, 300-pound Walker is considered the sixth-best offensive tackle and No. 81 prospect overall in the Class of 2018, but has quickly become the Buckeyes' top target at a position of great need following Fairfield five-star offensive tackle Jackson Carman's commitment to Clemson last month.

    Walker has been to Columbus several times over the last year and has grown particularly close with offensive line coach Greg Studrawa and defensive line coach/area recruiter Larry Johnson in that time.

    “They're cool. I've known the coaches there for a long time,” he said. “I've been up there a lot and I enjoy going up there. I just have a lot of interest in them because they're real genuine. I've talked to the coaches consistently since I first started getting recruited.”

    Walker has voiced concerns in the past about the distance from home and he admitted last summer the eight- to nine-hour drive has stopped him from visiting more often. Proximity is the biggest reason the Nittany Lions are perceived to be the favorite in his recruitment.

    Ohio State will have one final shot to sway Walker's decision, though, when he takes an official later this month.

    “I don't have a date scheduled,” he said. “I want to take it as soon as possible, like right after the dead period.”

    Penn State signed a pair of offensive tackles last month in four-star Nana Asiedu and three-star Bryce Effner, while Virginia Tech inked signatures from a trio of three-star tackles in Walker Culver, Luke Tenuta and Christian Darrisaw. With only four-star Max Wray in the fold and not a whole lot of depth on the current roster following Jamarco Jones' graduation, Ohio State certainly offers a quicker path to the field for Walker.

    “That's what they've been saying to me all along,” he said, noting the staff was recruiting him hard even before Carman spurned them.

    Walker, who seemingly put his recruitment on the backburner until after his senior season, already took his official visits to Blacksburg and State College in December. That means the Buckeyes will have the final shot to impress before he makes his decision on the traditional Feb. 7 National Signing Day.

    “I've kind of seen everything I need to see, it's just that I like all of the schools. It's real hard to just choose one,” Walker said. “My main thing, when I take my officials, is that I want to get around some of the players. That's my main thing I've been trying to do.

    “I do a lot of research on my own, also,” he continued. “I research the graduation rate. Who they develop and who they send to the [National Football] League. I look at their roster. Just all the stuff like that.”

    All of that seems to favor Ohio State.
     

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