Offensive Lineman Rasheed Walker Will Return to Penn State in 2021

By Nick Polak on January 12, 2021 at 6:14 pm
Iowa defensive end A.J. Epenesa (94) gets blocked by Penn State offensive lineman Rasheed Walker (53) during a NCAA Big Ten Conference football game between the Iowa Hawkeyes and Penn State, Saturday, Oct., 12, 2019, at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa.
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The good news continues to pile up for the Penn State program, this time with left tackle Rasheed Walker announcing that he will indeed return for the 2021 season.

Walker, who will be a redshirt junior in 2021, has arguably been Penn State's best offensive lineman each of the past two seasons. Had he declared for the NFL Draft, he would have likely been a mid-round selection. However, if he is able to take another step forward in year two under offensive line coach Phil Trautwein, he could very easily hear his name called in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

Despite his first action as a starter coming in his redshirt freshman season, Walker was a steady presence on Sean Clifford's blindside. In 2020 however, he really started coming into his own. A great athlete, Walker is very well-suited to thrive in Trautwein's zone-blocking scheme, and was a very reliable left tackle. Look for him to be among the nation's best in 2021.

Walker originally came to Penn State as part of the 2018 recruiting class. The former blue-chip recruit was the 65th ranked player nationally in the class. He chose the Nittany Lions over Ohio State and Maryland.

Walker joins wider receiver Jahan Dotson, safety Jaquan Brisker, and cornerback Tariq Castro-Fields in choosing to return to Happy Valley for one more season in 2021 as a part of what is shaping up to look like a very dangerous team.

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