Boost­ing his stock

North Point of­fen­sive line­man Walker in­vited to The Open­ing

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @aj­ma­son301

Rasheed Walker got the op­por­tu­nity to boost his stock on the na­tional stage.

The North Point High School ris­ing se­nior was one of only 166 high school blue-chip na­tional prospects in­vited by Stu­dent Sports to par­tic­i­pate at The Open­ing fi­nals foot­ball camp at Nike head­quar­ters in Ore­gon, the mar­quee com­pe­ti­tion in the coun­try for fu­ture college play­ers.

The pre­mier foot­ball camp was four days of dy­namic train­ing, coach­ing and com­pe­ti­tion for the coun­try’s most elite high school play­ers. Every po­si­tion and every as­pect of the game will be high­lighted over the course of the three-day pro­gram. The Open­ing is one of the most high pro­file high school foot­ball events in the coun­try.

The camp lasted June 30 to June 3.

Walker, a 6-foot-6, 300-pound Ea­gles of­fen­sive tackle who will play his fourth year on var­sity un­der head coach Tom Pe­tre this fall, was in­vited to the na­tional event af­ter per­form­ing well at the re­gional event at Cen­tre­ville High School back in April.

“It was pretty cool to com­pete against the best line­men in the coun­try,” Walker said. “We had the state of the art Nike gear and the camp had cur­rent and for­mer NFL and college play­ers work with us. Get­ting train­ing and tips from pros was a great ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Walker, a four-star recruit, is ranked as the No. 6 player in Mary­land, the No. 11 of­fen­sive tackle na­tion­ally and the No. 112 over­all prospect for the Class of 2018, ac­cord­ing to 247sports.

Walker is be­ing highly re­cruited from nu­mer­ous NCAA Divi­sion I schools such as Mary­land, Ohio State, Penn State, Vir­ginia Tech, Florida and Alabama.

“Be­ing able to show­case my skills at a big event of this cal­iber not only helped me get a lot

from

of ex­po­sure, but opened the eyes of many col­leges that were there eval­u­at­ing me,” said Walker, who is cur­rently un­com­mit­ted.

On what he learned at the an­nual event, Walker said: “As an of­fen­sive line­man, it is not how big or fast you are but it is all about tech­nique. You have to be pa­tient and fo­cused. We did a lot of one-on-one line­man drills, so I learned a great deal that I can add to my over­all skills for the high school sea­son and for the college level.”

As a for a com­mit­ment date, Walker isn’t set­ting a dead­line for him­self.

“It is still early,” he said. “It is go­ing to be one of those things where I wake up in the morn­ing and know. I’m just be­ing pa­tient and see what fits. I’m just con­tin­u­ing to work on my craft by watch­ing film, stay­ing in the weight room and work on my skills to be­come a bet­ter line­man.”

Walker didn’t make the fi­nal five in the Line­men Chal­lenge com­pe­ti­tion dur­ing the event, but he was sat­is­fied with his per­for­mance against some of the na­tion’s best de­fen­sive line­men.

For his se­nior year, Walker wants to try to lead North Point, which fin­ished 9-2 over­all last sea­son, to a state cham­pi­onship and get ready for the next level..

“We will have over 30 se­niors on the team this sea­son,” Walker said. “Most of us have been on var­sity to­gether for three or four years, so we al­ready have great chem­istry. This is our last year so we want to go out with a bang.”

Pe­tre said that Walker’s work ethic in the weight room and growth over the last three years has helped boost his stock from nu­mer­ous re­cruits.

“Rasheed is a very hum­ble and hard-work­ing kid and it was a great op­por­tu­nity for him to be a part of such a pres­ti­gious event and com­pete the best play­ers in the coun­try,” Pe­tre said. “He is very quiet, but he gets it done in the weight room and never leaves the school. He is al­ways try­ing to get bet­ter. He helps the younger kids and is one of the lead­ers. He is just a com­plete pro­gram kid.” college

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North Point ris­ing se­nior of­fen­sive line­man Rasheed Walker com­peted at the in­vite-only The Open­ing fi­nals an­nual foot­ball camp on June 30 to July 3 at the Nike head­quar­ters in Ore­gon. The event fea­tured mar­quee com­pe­ti­tion from around the coun­try for fu­ture college play­ers.

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