Inside the PD: Bethel's Ricky Walker down to five

With everything moving so quickly, Bethel lineman Ricky Walker has narrowed his list of scholarship offers to five. He says it’s not set in stone — another school could come along and shake it up — but that’s where he is at the moment.

The five, in alphabetical order: North Carolina, Penn State, Pittsburgh, South Carolina and Virginia Tech. Walker says he doesn’t expect to commit before the high school season begins.

He added he wants to take his official visits, which he can start on Sept. 1.

Walker's thoughts on his final five, which has been trimmed down from 21:

UNC: “It’s a beautiful campus in Chapel Hill and they were one of the first schools to offer me. Coach (Randy, an assistant) Jordan is doing a good job recruiting me. I’ve visited (unofficially) a couple of times and I have a good feeling down there.”

Penn State: “That’s a big program and they have a big chance. (Assistant) Coach Larry Johnson is the best d-line coach in the country and he and I have a good relationship. Penn State is doing big things with their recruiting class to turn things around.”

Pitt: “It’s close to my (grandparents) in Pittsburgh. I’ve visited the campus and it’s beautiful. It’s in the city, it’s downtown, and it’s next to three other colleges. They have great facilities right next to the Steelers and it’s a great all-around school.”

South Carolina: “They came in late to the mix. Coach Deke Adams, the D-line coach, he came from North Carolina, and that’s why they’re in my top five. Me and him are pretty cool. Plus, they’re in the SEC and have a great head coach (Steve Spurrier).

Virginia Tech: “They were the first to offer me and they’ve been in the mix for a long time. Coach (Frank) Beamer and (defensive coordinator) Bud Foster, they have a great defense there. They’re in the top 10 every year. Every home game is sold out. It’s a great school.”

Walker, a 6-foot-2 and 270 pound rising senior, is rated the No. 9 recruit in the state by



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