Georgia Tech landed commitment #13 on Wednesday when Tennessee native Wesley Walker committed to the program.
In recruiting, college programs look to build strong relationships with high school coaches and their respective high schools. The result of some of these relationships is help to build a pipeline from the high school to the college for top prospects.
Right now, it appears one of Georgia Tech’s best relationships is with Ensworth High School out of Nashville, Tennessee. Despite being a stones toss away from the SEC’s Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech has had recent recruiting success with the Nashville high school, pulling two top targets out of there now in back-to-back cycles. In the 2018 recruiting cycle, the Jackets landed four-star corner Jaylon King and on Wednesday, they landed another cornerback, this time in high three-star Wesley Walker.
Walker becomes Georgia Tech’s highest rated commit of the 2019 recruiting class and is the third in two days for the program. On Tuesday, offensive lineman Joshua Black flipped his commitment from Western Kentucky to the Jackets while defensive tackle Jamal Camp made the call earlier on Wednesday.
The run of commitments comes unshockingly as played across the country are looking to end their recruitment early so they can focus on their senior seasons. Expect the run of commitments to continue across the country over this next month as we head into September.
Walker is ranked by 247Sports composite as a three-star recruit with a .8784 rating. They rank him in the top-500 nationally while also ranking him as a top-50 cornerback and top-20 player in the state of Tennessee. He joins inside linebacker Chico Bennett Jr as natives of the Volunteer State.
Over the last few cycles, the Georgia Tech coaching staff has empathized the secondary and landing Walker is the type of fruit that the emphasis bears. The Jackets secondary going forward will need to be able to play at a high level with elite quarterbacks across the ACC. Adding Walker to the mix heading into 2019 and beyond continues to make the secondary rich with talent and high upside.
After bringing in a good haul in the secondary in 2018, the coaching staff will probably look for a smaller haul but will be picky with who they’re willing to take and when. Walker will be the headliner of that haul most likely and may end up the headliner of the entire recruiting class.
Walker is the program’s 13th commitment in the recruiting class. 247Sports has yet to update where the Jacket stand nationally and in the ACC in terms of their recruiting class.