Virginia Tech Recruiting

Virginia Tech got a win in North Carolina before even traveling across state lines for a game this weekend in Chapel Hill against the Tar Heels.

The Hokies landed a verbal commit from 4-star safety J.R. Walker out of Clayton High School in North Carolina. Walker made the announcement on social media Friday afternoon.

“I thought long and hard about this decision, even thoe (sic) the choice was a tough one, but god has lead me to the right choice,” Walker tweeted. “With that being said, I will continue my academics, and pursue my football career at the university of Virginia Tech.”

Walker had 13 offers including ones from N.C. State, North Carolina, South Carolina and Clemson. The 6-foot, 215-pound defender visited Virginia Tech last week.

According to the 247Sports composite rankings, Walker is the No. 13 ranked prospect in North Carolina.

Walker’s decision gives Virginia Tech 17 verbal commitments in the team’s 2019 class.

Mike Niziolek is the Virginia Tech football beat writer for The Roanoke Times. Follow him on Facebook.