Edge Top247 Rico Walker cut its fan list in half by posting a top five on Friday that included three SEC schools plus the Big Ten and ACC program.
Walker, who plays at Hickory High School, North Carolina, said his top five schools include Auburn, Florida, Maryland, North Carolina and Tennessee.
Walker, who is 6ft 3in and weighs 233lbs, is still working on when he will make a decision, and new visits could come later this summer or fall.
He said the commitment is “soon.”
Maryland and North Carolina hosted Walker on official visits during the last two weekends of June. He repeatedly visited Tennessee and North Carolina.
After his official visit to North Carolina, he told InsideCarolina that he still needs to figure out when he can make other official visits.
“I haven’t figured it out yet,” Walker said at the time. “It’s still up in the air. I’m still trying to understand (autumn official visits).”
However, this may now be questioned after he said the commitment could be made soon rather than wait until he can make more official visits.
Scout report from Walker’s 247Sports profile: It has a verified size with a plus wing span. The frame can easily add mass and strength. Has a dual athletic profile in football and basketball. Plays on both sides of the ball as linebacker and tight end. Productive on both sides of the ball, but more defensive options. Seen live during training camp in spring 2021 and athleticism and length were tested when he played tight end. Has a pointed physique, but can increase in size and play with his hand on the ground. Athleticism shines when the ball is thrown high into the pass. Possesses very good body control and a confident invader in space. It burst on a click and quickly gets up on the field. Demonstrates lower body flexibility to bend the knee, drop the shoulder, and accelerate around the edge. It is nimble and can go into the coverage in the apartment. Can track the ball carrier behind the line of scrimmage if he is not blocked behind the edge. Has closing speed. Plays with energy and effort. Understands tasks and can set a goal. There is a physical element to the game, but it needs to be more consistent. Must continue to develop upper body strength. From time to time stacks and sheds, but the development of technology is important. Should work on the ability to switch off and redirect down the line of scrimmage. Multi-year Top 20 starter program. Has the potential for a mid-round NFL draft pick.