Four-star athlete J.R. Walker has developed into one of the top recruits in the state of North Carolina in the 2019 class. The Elizabeth City, NC native has drawn plenty of attention east of the Mississippi from schools in the ACC, SEC, and Big 10.
Now, Walker has decided to cut his list down to his top 5.
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Virginia Tech was among the five schools that made the cut for four-star athlete J.R. Walker along with NC State, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Duke. While Walker has received some offers from major programs outside the Mid-Atlantic region, Walker’s top 5 has a very regional flair to it and may show some interest in staying relatively close to home even though that may not be a decisive factor.
The Hokies are pursuing Walker as a defensive back and have made him one of their top recruiting priorities in their DB recruiting. Virginia Tech has been showing a lot of interest in not only Walker, but also his teammate Traveon Freshwater with VT being in contention for both recruits currently.
The Hokies have had plenty of success in North Carolina including in 2018 with the #NC2VT helping the Hokies gain commitments from elite NC guys like Dax Hollifield, Tre Turner, and Alan Tisdale. Currently, the Hokies have one commit from the Tar Heel State via three-star WR Elijah Bowick.
J.R. Walker in the Recruiting Rankings
247 Sports, ESPN, and the 247 Sports Composite all rate Walker as a four-star recruit while Rivals rates him as a three-star recruit. Nationally, Walker is ranked as the 163rd best recruit by 247 Sports and 296th best recruit by the 247 Sports Composite. 247 Sports also ranks Walker as the 15th best athlete while the 247 Sports Composite ranks him as the 25th best athlete, and Rivals ranks him as the 36th best athlete. ESPN has Walker listed as the 23rd best safety in the country.
Within North Carolina, Walker is one of the state’s top 15 recruits by all four major rankings. 247 Sports has Walker ranked the highest in the Tar Heel State at seventh while Rivals has him the lowest at 15th.
J.R. Walker’s Offer List (According to 247 Sports)
- ACC: Virginia Tech, Clemson, NC State, North Carolina, Duke, Virginia, Wake Forest
- SEC: South Carolina, Tennessee
- Big 10: Michigan State, Maryland
- AAC: East Carolina
- Sun Belt: Appalachian State