Tennessee Makes Top Five For Four-Star Edge Rusher

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    North Carolina edge rusher Rico Walker released his top five on Friday, including Tennessee amongst a pair of SEC and ACC foes.

    The four-star’s top five includes Tennessee, North Carolina, Maryland, Auburn and Florida.

    Walker ranks as the No. 178 player in the country and No. 4 player in the state of North Carolina according to the 247sports composite rankings.

    Hailing from Hickory, North Carolina — the hometown of Tennessee basketball coach Rick Barnes — Walker stars at defensive end and wide receiver for Hickory High School and is one of the most sought out players in the state.

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    Walker took a pair of unofficial visits to Tennessee this spring, making the trek across the Appalachian mountains in April and again in May for the Vols’ “RockyTopPalooza” weekend.

    The 6-foot-3, 233-pound edge rusher also visited Knoxville for the Pittsburgh and Georgia games last fall.

    Walker has been a frequent visitor to the home state Tar Heels, visiting UNC more than any school including two unofficial visits this spring and an official visit in June.

    The blue chip recruit has visited his other three finalists once each in 2022 including a June official visit to Maryland.

    Tennessee currently holds two commits from edge rushers including top 100 prospect Caleb Herring and three-star Nathan Robinson.

    Ryan Schumpert is a senior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. He just completed a three-year stint with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent last three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Did we leave out the part about Ryan interning for the Smokies? Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three of the reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.