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Penn State Football Preseason Top 10: No. 2 Rasheed Walker

Entering his third season as a start for the Nittany Lions left tackle Rasheed Walker has All-American aspirations

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: DEC 05 Penn State at Rutgers Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

How He Got Here

Penn State signed Rasheed Walker as part of their highly-touted 2018 recruiting class. Walker was the final addition to the class as the Nittany Lions beat out the in-state Maryland Terrapins for the Waldorf, Maryland, native. A top-100 prospect, Walker is the second-highest rated offensive lineman the Nittany Lions have signed during James Franklin’s tenure behind just Michal Menet.

Walker was on the brink of seeing the field as a true freshman in 2018 but wound up taking a redshirt. Since then, Walker has been a mainstay on the offensive line for the Nittany Lions.

During his redshirt freshman in 2019 Walker started all 13 games for Penn State at left tackle. To Walker’s credit he rarely looked like a redshirt freshman during the 2019 season, even against some of the best pass rusher in the Big Ten. Walker then started all 9 games Penn State played in 2020, earning third-team All-Big Ten honors by the media while garnering honorable mention honors from the conference’s coaches.

What To Expect in 2021

Following an unexpected inconsistent start to the 2020 season Walker was one of Penn State’s best offensive linemen by the end of the campaign. Entering the 2021 season the expectation is for Walker to become one of the best offensive linemen in the Big Ten, while also playing himself into a high draft pick as he protects Sean Clifford’s blind side. A big season from Waker that results in All-Big Ten, as well as potentially All-American, honors, while also becoming a first-round pick in the NFL Draft are all on the table for Walker.