The Virginia Tech Hokies have one of the better defenses in college football this year and one of the big reasons why is the strong play they’ve gotten from their interior line positions.
The Hokies took a step toward continuing solidifying their future at that position last weekend by landing a key defensive tackle recruit. On an official trip to Blacksburg, four-star prospect Ricky Walker made it known on his twitter account that he would be playing in college for Virginia Tech:
I am officially committed to VIRGINIA TECH ! #Hokies— Ricky Lake ! (@RickGoGetEmWalk) October 6, 2013
Rivals.com ranks Walker as the No. 19 defensive tackle in the country and the No. 216 overall recruit in the nation. He also comes in as the No. 8 player in the state of Virginia. 247Sports.com rates the 6-2, 275-pound prospect as the No. 22 defensive tackle nationally and No. 10 overall in Virginia.
Over the years, Frank Beamer and his stay have done an excellent job recruiting from VA's talent-rich Tidewater area, which is where Walker hails from - Hampton (Va.) Bethel High (the same high school that produced Allen Iverson).
Walker had offers from 21 schools but ended up going with the in-state university that had interest in him first.
Boston College, Georgia Tech, Maryland, UNC, N.C. State, Pitt, Syracuse and Wake were the other ACC schools who offered the defensive tackle standout.
With Walker's announcement, Virginia Tech now has 21 players in its 2014 recruiting class, which is now No. 21 in 247Sports.com’s composite rankings.
Check out some of the highlights of the latest Hokie commit: