Nittany Lions land 4-star OT Rasheed Walker


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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- There wasn't supposed to be much drama surrounding Penn State's signing day and half way through the day it's largely gone as planned.

That of course includes a big-time addition of four-star offensive tackle Rasheed Walker who announced his signing with the Nittany Lions around 12:30 p.m. Walker, who was down to a list of finalists that included Penn State, Ohio State and Virginia Tech picked up a Penn State baseball cap during a ceremony at his high school to make his decision official.

"I'd like to thank my family, my coaches, my teammates and everyone who has helped me throughout this process," Walker said in a ceremony at his school. "With all that said, I'm committing to Penn State."

The 6-6, 295-pound standout who was a U.S. Army All-America honoree, joins four-star classmate and fellow tackle Nana Asiedu who signed with Penn State in December. That gives Penn State two of the top tackles in the 2018 cycle.

That helps fill a need that James Franklin wasn't shy about addressing publicly back in December when the Lions inked the majority of their class but still wanted to add an offensive tackle named Walker and a defensive end named Jayson Oweh. Penn State has since done just that, signing both highly-touted prospects.

Adding Walker is equally important in terms of the ongoing arms race with the Buckeyes. Ohio State added five-star offensive tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere on Wednesday. Petit-Frere joins four-star tackle Max Wray, giving the Buckeyes a strong haul of tackles, one that the Lions were able to respond to with the additions of Walker and Asiedu.

Walker reportedly was torn coming down the stretch, supposedly texting Ohio State's Wray Wednesday afternoon and asking him about Ohio State. The Buckeyes signed 26 players in their class.

Penn State beefed up the trenches on both sides of the ball in this class, something that goes back to Franklin and seemingly every football coach in the country's philosophy that winning games starts up front. Franklin will meet with the media at 3:15 p.m. to discuss the Lions' 2018 class.

Penn State is still waiting on a decision from wide receiver Solomon Enis who could be the final piece to this class. Earlier Wednesday former Penn State verbal pledge Shaquon Anderson-Butts signed with Iowa Western Community College. With the addition of Walker the Lions' class is at 23 members.

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