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

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    THE STAFF'S TOP REMAINING TARGET

    Just a few days after he told Eleven Warriors he planned to take an official visit to Ohio State “as soon as possible,” Waldorf, Maryland, North Point four-star offensive tackle Rasheed Walker has locked in a date — the weekend of Jan. 20.

    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. He recently narrowed down his offers to Ohio State, Penn State and Virginia Tech and plans to make his college 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 the Buckeyes, though the Hokies and Nittany Lions certainly have proximity on their side.
     
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    Ohio State NEEDS to land Walker..........
     
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    4-star Maryland tackle Rasheed Walker. Walker (6-6 300) is down to Ohio State and Penn State, and the Buckeyes are getting his final official visit. He is rated the No. 3 offensive tackle in the nation per 247Sports, which is one spot higher than Ohioan Jackson Carman, who recently signed with Clemson. Walker is ranked the No. 6 offensive tackle in the 2018 class per the 247Sports Composite, however. Walker was a First-Team All-State selection for his North Point high school. Ohio State currently only has one offensive tackle signed, and that is 4-star prospect Max Wray out of Tennessee. Wray is already enrolled and will participate in winter workouts and spring football.
     
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    KEEPING THE FOOT ON THE GAS

    Ohio State offensive line coach Greg Studrawa and defensive line coach and area recruiter Larry Johnson were in Maryland on Wednesday to see four-star offensive tackle Rasheed Walker, North Point head coach Thomas Petre told Eleven Warriors.

    The visit comes just days after the 6-foot-6, 300-pound Walker took an official visit to Columbus with his parents. And though he's been on campus several times, it appears the Buckeyes made a significant push this time thanks to the opportunity for early playing time, the ability to get developed into an NFL prospect and — most imporantly — life after football.

    “I think this trip gave him and his parents more time for one-on-one interaction with the coaches, the chemistry and [talk about] what's after football. Those are important to him,” Petre said. “As he goes through and plays, what's after that? They were kind of able show him those things and provide him with more concrete examples of internships that have been alligned or how guys are preparing now for the next level to certain steps they take to help these guys prepare for what they're doing in life after football or if football continues.”

    Walker was hosted by Maryland native and starting right tackle Isaiah Prince. He also spent a considerable amount of time with departing redshirt seniors Billy Price and Jamarco Jones, both of whom will certainly be selected in the NFL Draft this spring. They were able to give Walker a crash course on what the football program and university offers.

    “It kind of gives a kid a tangible example as a resource,” Petre said. “It shows if you go somewhere and do the things you're supposed to do, then there are opportunities. If these opportunities have presented themselves to you, these are the type of things they can do to help secure that for you. I think it opens up his eyes and kind of lets him know, if you go somewhere and take advantage of your God-given talents and work your butt off, there's going to be a support system there for you.”

    Walker won't make a decision on his future until National Signing Day on Feb. 7, and there's still a lot that can change between now and then with Meyer, Penn State's James Franklin and Virginia Tech's Justin Fuente all set to conduct in-home visits in the coming weeks. But I still feel the aformentioned factors all favor Ohio State, and the Buckeyes will be able to address their biggest remaining need this cycle as a result.

    “I think he's a little relieved that the visits are done, and I think now he'll sit down with his parents and have some legitimate conversations on what's important,” Petre said. “My advice to him is, talk with your parents, eliminate the noise and do what's best for him as a player and as a family.
     
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    THE FINAL PITCH

    Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, offensive line coach Greg Studrawa and defensive line coach and area recruiter Larry Johnson are in Maryland this evening to conduct an in-home visit with Waldorf North Point four-star offensive tackle Rasheed Walker.

    The news was first reported by Rivals' Marc Givler and since confirmed by Eleven Warriors.

    This marks the Buckeyes' final chance to impress the 6-foot-6, 300-pound Walker, who took his official visit to Columbus just two weekends ago, before he makes his college decision among Ohio State, Penn State and Virginia Tech on Feb. 7, National Signing Day. Though the Nittany Lions were considered the favorite for much of his recruitment, it was then the Buckeyes made their move to potentially address its biggest remaining need in the Class of 2018.

    Meyer and his staff pitched to Walker and his parents the opportunity for early playing time, the ability to get developed into an NFL prospect and — most importantly — life after football, a staple of the Ohio State football program that oftentimes seems to be the difference for the Buckeyes in close recruiting battles.

    “I think this trip gave him and his parents more time for one-on-one interaction with the coaches, the chemistry and [talk about] what's after football. Those are important to him,” North Point head coach Thomas Petre told Eleven Warriors shortly after the visit. “As he goes through and plays, what's after that? They were kind of able show him those things and provide him with more concrete examples of internships that have been aligned or how guys are preparing now for the next level to certain steps they take to help these guys prepare for what they're doing in life after football or if football continues.”

    Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente conducted his in-home visit with Walker last night, but few believe the Hokies have a chance in his recruitment. Instead, it'll be tonight's meeting with Meyer and tomorrow's in-school and in-home visit with Penn State's James Franklin that will either solidify things for the Buckeyes or swing them back in favor of the Nittany Lions.

    Sources close to both programs have indicated Meyer and Franklin were jockeying all week to get the last visit heading into the recruiting dead period, which begins on Feb. 5 and remains through signing day. It certainly favors Penn State to get the last face-to-face meeting, but Walker's recruitment very much remains a toss up.

    I still believe Ohio State will be Walker's choice next week, but expect the staff to place even more importance on Tampa five-star offensive tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere's official visit this weekend if Meyer, Studrawa and Johnson get the sense he's trending away this evening.
     
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    4-star tackle Rasheed Walker will make an announcement at his high school, Waldorf (Md.) North Point, in a ceremony that’s expected to begin approximately at 11 a.m. Walker’s announcement is expected about 15 minutes after the ceremony begins, but times can fluctuate at these ceremonies. A live stream is expected, but has not been announced yet.
     
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    I don't expect to land Walker, but if we do, this class is going to be unreal! OT depth was a concern, but I wasn't too concerned considering the number of OT's strongly considering Ohio State in the '19 class. However, there's no time like the present to load up on top talent.
     
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