J.R. Walker is touted as one of the top 2019 prospects in the Tar Heel State, and it’s easy to see why when watching the tape.
The four-star athlete from Elizabeth City, N.C., is dynamic and explosive. He made plays on both sides of the ball for Northeastern High as a junior season. As a running back, Walker rushed 71 times for 1,019 yards (14.4 yard average) and 15 touchdowns while catching 11 passes for 210 yards. At safety on defense, he recorded 73 tackles and seven interceptions.
Clemson has taken notice of Walker’s talents and gotten in touch.
“I’ve talked to coach (Todd) Bates,” Walker told The Clemson Insider.
Walker said Bates invited him to attend the Tigers’ junior day in January.
“I’m planning on going to that,” Walker said.
It will mark Walker’s first visit to Clemson.
“I’m looking forward to seeing how great Clemson really is,” Walker said, “and to meeting the coaches and to meeting coach (Dabo) Swinney.”
Walker (6-1, 205) carries offers from Duke, East Carolina, Michigan State, North Carolina, NC State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.
Should Clemson join his list with an offer in the future, Walker said it would be huge for him.
“I like coach Swinney,” he said. “And from watching them on YouTube and TV, the fans go crazy every game. An offer from them would mean a lot.”
This season, Walker went to games at North Carolina, NC State, Virginia Tech and Duke.
He is ranked among the top 15 prospects in North Carolina for his class by all of the major recruiting services.