Three-star defensive tackle Josh Walker included North Carolina in his list of top seven teams last night. Receiving 18 offers in total, he previously narrowed his search to a top 10 in April before making this announcement on Monday night. Walker’s list of top schools had included UCLA, Vanderbilt, Memphis, and Samford at one point. All four were removed with a top seven that includes Nebraska, Rutgers, Minnesota, Kansas, Arizona, Wake Forest, and UNC.
He hasn’t taken many visits during the recruitment process year. Walker was offered by UNC in January and only visited South Carolina in March, the only campus he’s been on since. The Tar Heels have time to recruit him, but it would be easier to do so if they could get him on campus soon.
A native of Bradenton, the six-foot-two, 285-pound Walker is considered to be the 110th-best prospect from the state of Florida. He is also the no. 50 defensive tackle in the 2018 class, and he’s 697th overall in the national composite. Walker is considered to be a fierce competitor on the field. He combines quickness and strength to create a tackle who is very strong against the run.
The Tar Heels just lost their premiere defensive tackle this year after junior Nazair Jones was drafted in the 2017 NFL Draft. The defense will miss his strength and leadership, so it makes sense that North Carolina would want to replace him if they can. The 2017 class won’t be bringing anyone in to fill that role, so Jeremiah Clarke could end up taking on that role, at least until the 2018 class comes in.