Walker Reviews Ohio State Visit
Four-star OT Rasheed Walker spoke with Rivals about his official visit to Ohio State this past weekend. Here’s what Adam Friedman sees things following his trip to Columbus:
Penn State was believed to have a slight lead heading into the weekend and it is unclear if Ohio State did enough to call them the leader at this point. Ohio State put their best foot forward over the weekend and the one-on-one time seems to have been impactful, especially for Walker’s parents. It is essentially neck and neck between the Buckeyes and Penn State so the conversations amongst the family will be key. Maryland and Virginia Tech are still involved with Walker.
All in all, I think Penn State should feel good about where it sits with Walker. The feeling pre-visit was that Ohio State could steal all the momentum, and while his trip to Columbus seems to have went well, I think it’s a victory for Penn State if it’s “unclear” if the Buckeyes did enough to overtake the Nittany Lions.
James Franklin and Urban Meyer will both go in-home with Walker next week, but I continue to like where the Nittany Lions stand with Walker. If I had a Crystal Ball prediction, it’d be for Penn State, and I’d be moderately surprised if that changes.
Three Penn State Commits Finish In Rivals100
Rivals released their final Top 100 prospects Monday afternoon, with Micah Parsons (No. 6), Justin Shorter (No. 18), and Ricky Slade (No. 37) being Penn State’s representatives on the list. Parsons moved down one spot, while Slade moved up 16 spots. Shorter saw the biggest jump, moving up 29 spots and gaining a fifth star in the process. Good to see that — despite it taking them half-a-year — Rivals joined the rest of the world in realizing that Shorter is an absolute thoroughbred.
The final Rivals250 will be released later today.
Penn State landed a commitment from Texas punter Cade Pollard, who will be walking-on to the program.
Kohl’s Kicking has Pollard ranked as the 13th best punter in the country, good enough for a five-star rating. Here’s what they have to say on Pollard:
Pollard recently attended the 2017 Texas Spring Showcase. His hands have gotten better and his operation time is improving. Continuing to work on “punting the ball out of his hand” will be vital for him. When he stays small with his steps and keeps his arm inline, he has the talent to be a top 5 guy. Pollard attended the Underclassman Challenge after a great performance at the Winter Showcase Camp in 2016. We were able to see what his “A” ball looks like and it is up there with anyone in the nation. His tall athletic frame allows him to create a lot of energy through the football.
While the whole “work on punting the ball out of his hand” thing is beyond me, Pollard has impressive stats too, averaging 45.2 and 44.1 yards per punt during his junior and senior seasons. Definitely seems like a kid who could push for the starting job once Blake Gillikin moves on.