Ronnie Walker, a four-star running back out of Hopewell, Virginia, recently narrowed down his lists of schools to three. The Michigan State Spartans are in the running with the Indiana Hoosiers and Virginia Cavaliers.
And we won’t have to wait too long to find out his choice, either.
Thank you Lord for this opportunity, My Top 3 , I will be committing next Monday August 28th at 1:30 at Hopewell High School auditorium⏰ pic.twitter.com/4B7ijxWLYQ— RonnieWalker (@RonnieWalker32) August 22, 2017
Walker will make his decision this Monday, Aug. 28 at 1:30 p.m. at his school’s auditorium.
He unofficially visited both Michigan State and Indiana in July. He was on Virginia’s campus twice in February.
Shortly after his Midwest visits he named Michigan State and Indiana his top-two choices. But now his home-state college of Virginia seems to be back in the mix.
The Spartans originally offered Walker back in January, and have been in touch with him ever since. Michigan State is yet to add a running back to its 2018 class, and that group could look very thin for the Spartans next year if L.J. Scott declares for the NFL Draft as a junior.
Walker has said that the Big Ten is a “running back conference” and he knows it is a good place to show his ability and work toward the NFL. The Spartans’ track record of getting running backs to the NFL is very good, so that must also bode well for MSU’s chances with Walker.
Walker has also said he likes the coaches at Michigan State and the pro-style offense the team runs. Another thing in the Spartans’ favor is that the program has by far enjoyed the most recent success of the three schools.
Early playing time will likely factor into Walker’s decision as well. Gerald Holmes will be graduated and again, Scott leaving early is a real possibility. Indiana currently has nine running backs on its roster, and none of which are seniors. That seems quite congested.
Michigan State is carrying six running backs in 2017. Holmes is the lone senior for the Spartans. Meanwhile, the Cavaliers’ roster only shows three running backs with no seniors at the position. There are three fullbacks (one senior) listed as well.
With all of that said, what does work in Indiana’s favor is Walker’s relationship with running backs coach, and former Michigan Wolverine, Mike Hart. The two have built up a strong bond over the past couple of years. Plus, despite the overabundance of running backs on the Hoosiers’ roster, Walker would likely be the most talented of the bunch and see early playing time.
It’s very possible Indiana is in the driver’s seat for Walker’s recruitment, but the young running back hasn’t really publicly leaned to one school over the other. The Spartans still have a good shot at him.
In other recruiting news, the Spartans made the top-10 list for four-star cornerback Jairus Brents. The No. 26 cornerback in the nation, and No. 2 player out of Kentucky, recently announced his list on Twitter — which is chock-full of national powerhouse programs.