After months of waiting, and a sprint to the finish against a divisional rival, the Nittany Lions have added four-star offensive tackle Rasheed Walker to the Class of 2018. Walker announced his decision this afternoon and signed with Penn State.
Walker's journey to Happy Valley has been quite the roller coaster. Ever since first being offered by Penn State in June of 2016, the Nittany Lions have been high on his list. He has traveled to campus several times since then, including an official visit in December of last year that saw him spend the weekend with the vast majority of his new teammates.
The Walker File
- Class: 2018
- Size: 6'6/300
- Pos: OT
- School: North Point (Waldorf, MD)
- Composite Rating: ★★★★ (.9676)
- Composite Rank: No. 65 Nationally, No. 6 OT
However, as things went on without a verbal commitment, things got interesting. James Franklin's class already had four offensive linemen committed, and was focused on filling out other positions. While at the same time, Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes were ramping up their pursuit of the blue chip tackle.
Things reached a crescendo when five-star tackle Jackson Carman, an Ohio native, shocked many during December's early signing period and committed to Clemson over the Buckeyes. At the same time, Penn State saw space open up with several departures from the class, including offensive lineman Antwan Reed. The battle lines were officially drawn.
With Walker holding off on a commitment during the early period, it set the stage for one final Big Ten East battle between the division's two top programs, in the cycle's final month. Walker visited Columbus officially in January, and also hosted both Meyer and Franklin on consecutive days last week for in-home visits.
On the field, Walker is everything you want in a tackle prospect, with great size, fantastic athleticism. And as with nearly every lineman, a redshirt season is virtually a foregone conclusion as he matures physically, and adjusts to the college game.
Walker is the fourth offensive linemen in the 2018 class, joining Nana Asiedu, Bryce Effner, and Juice Scruggs. Those four are part of a now 23 member recruiting class that currently ranks No. 4 nationally, but will likely change as schools like Alabama, Miami, and Clemson put the finishing touches on their own classes.