Rasheed Walker may be the only player Penn State signs on Wednesday’s National Signing Day — but, if he is, the Nittany Lions still ought to consider it a win.
Walker, a four-star offensive tackle, picked Penn State over Ohio State — further solidifying the Nittany Lions’ class as one of the country’s best.
Walker ranks No. 6 at his position and No. 65 overall, according to 247 Sports. The Maryland earthmover is Penn State’s 13th signee with a place in the ESPN 300.
Walker had offers from Georgia, Michigan, LSU, Notre Dame and 23 other schools. But the battle for his signature came down to the Nittany Lions and Buckeyes.
It was somewhat expected that the 6-foot-6, 300-pound lineman picked Penn State. Nineteen of 20 recruiting experts were leaning the Nittany Lions’ way on 247 Sports’ Crystal Ball Predictions as of Wednesday morning.
Expected or not, Walker officially joining the class is a significant boost. He is the third offensive tackle in the class, joining four-star Nana Asiedu and three-star Bryce Effner.
Two other prospects were considered potential Nittany Lions. But four-star wide receiver and Penn State legacy Solomon Enis committed to Utah, while Harrisburg verbal commit Shaquon Anderson-Butts was forced to go the JUCO route — signing with Iowa Western Community College.
Still, Wednesday should be considered a major win for James Franklin, his staff and the program.