With National Signing Day on Wednesday, Rasheed Walker is one of the most recognizable players who has not yet signed with a program. The 6-foot-6, 300-pound tackle will announce which program he will sign with on Wednesday.
Here are five things to know about Walker:
1. Rasheed Walker is a 4-star prospect
The Waldorf, Md., product is a 4-star recruit, according to the 247Sports composite.
The recruiting website lists Walker as the No. 47 recruit in the nation for Class of 2018. Walker also is ranked as the No. 3 tackle in the nation and the No. 3 recruit in the state of Maryland. The senior had college scouts drooling over his protection of North Point High School quarterback Jemichael Jones, a Howard commit, as the Eagles finished the season 12-1.
2. Penn State and Ohio State are battling for Rasheed Walker
Walker has whittled his college decision down to Ohio State, Penn State and Virginia Tech, but the race is very much believed to be a two-program battle. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer and Penn State coach James Franklin have recruited Walker hard, with both paying visits to his home in the last week.The 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions heavily lean toward Penn State, but Ohio State still believe it has a chance to land the lineman.
3. Rasheed Walker is an Army All-American
Walker suited up for the East team in the annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl; his East squad fell to the West, 17-16, in the annual contest that features some of the top high school players in the nation. The game was played on Jan. 6 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, an arena with the type of big-feel atmosphere Walker will experience on a weekly basis playing for either the Buckeyes or Nittany Lions.
4. He initially wanted to play defensive end and tight end
Walker played defensive end and tight end in youth football, according to the Washington Post, and he wanted to continue playing those positions in high school. He wasn’t thrilled when his coach asked him to try offensive line because of the lack of attention traditionally heaped on linemen. Walker quickly changed his mind once he learned how to play the position, and he turned himself into one of the dominant tackles in the nation.
5. Rasheed Walker teased his college decision in a special video
Walker tweeted a video teasing his college decision last week. It opens with the senior wearing a black jacket on a field, and his voice playing over the scene: “After I’m gone, kids will be like, ‘I want to be the next Rasheed Walker, I want to be just like Rasheed,'” he says. He then talks about all three of his final choices ― Virginia Tech, Penn State and Ohio State ― without revealing his decision. As the video nears a close, the interviewer asks: “Real quick, what school you going to?” Walker asks if the question is off the record, and once he gets confirmation, the video fades to black. For that, we will have to wait.