Gonzaga’s Robbie Walker reaffirms commitment to Ohio


Gonzaga’s Robbie Walker, who led the Eagles in rushing and scored 16 total touchdowns last season as a junior, committed to Ohio on July 14. (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

After verbally committing to Ohio on July 14, Gonzaga running back Robbie Walker brought closure to his recruiting process. Or so he thought.

The rising senior picked up another offer from Wake Forest last week, he said, but reaffirmed Monday that he is still fully pledged to the Bobcats, and is prepared to bolster the program’s receiving corps next fall.

“As of right now, I’m definitely firmly committed to Ohio,” Walker said. “If I get a couple more offers, you know, I will definitely, maybe re-evaluate. But until then, I’m definitely firmly committed.”

The recruitment of the 5-foot-9, 175-pound Walker didn’t gain traction until late in his junior season, turning around after a quality showing at Ohio State’s prospect camp in May, he said. That’s where he netted offers from Ball State and Ohio, and garnered the interest of major conference programs such as West Virginia and Maryland.

Walker was Gonzaga’s most productive running back as a junior, rushing for a team-high 926 yards – and he doubled as one of the Eagles’ most dangerous receivers, averaging 13.6 yards per catch and scoring a total of 16 touchdowns.

But he has been position-less on the recruiting frontier, being labeled an “athlete” by schools at the next level. That both helped and hurt his stock with certain schools, Walker said, because a lot of coaches didn’t know where to place him on the field. He watched other teammates gain attention from recruiting publications throughout the winter, and some committed before he even gained his first scholarship offer (including Georgia Tech-bound Miles Taylor, who will also be a senior at Gonzaga this fall).

“Recruiting was slow for me…at the same time, it was very good, because at least I knew what schools I would be able to fit into,” Walker said. “Instead of looking at any school I wanted to, you know, I’m going for spread (offense) schools. Schools that need athletes.”

But at Ohio, Walker is confident he can become a star – and he is intrigued by the fact that the Bobcats have produced several NFL prospects recently at wide receiver, including Taylor Price, (Jacksonville) and LaVon Brazill (Indianapolis). The Bobcats plan to use Walker at slot receiver in a spread offense, but there’s a strong chance he will get reps in the backfield at running back and in the return game, where he could see the field as early as his freshman year. He’s attracted to Ohio, among other reasons, because they seem committed to getting the ball in his hands the moment he arrives on campus, he added.

“I can get in there and do some of the things you see me do at ‘Zaga. Pretty much catching bubble screens and even a couple deep balls,” Walker said. “I can really just go there and be the versatile player that I am.”

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Roman Stubbs covers the University of Maryland athletics for The Washington Post.
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