Former three-star RB Ronnie Walker Jr, who played his first two seasons at Indiana, was in the transfer portal until early Friday morning. The RB out of Hopewell, VA announced his intent to come back home and transfer to UVA.

Background

Walker, who had offers from Duke, UNC, North Carolina State, and his home-state Cavaliers, was the 11th-ranked prospect in his class out of Virginia coming out of high school. He appeared in 21 games for the Hoosiers over two seasons, running for 219 yards and two scores, both in his freshman season.

Walker’s eligibility is not clear at this time. He does have two seasons left, as he did not redshirt at Indiana. He will apply for a waiver as per UVA OC Robert Anae. Walker adds to a backfield that only returns sophomores Mike Hollins and Perris Jones, and junior Wayne Taulapapa. UVA did not sign a running back in the 2020 class. Walker is also the brother of tailback TreVeyon Henderson, also out of Hopewell that recently committed to Ohio State.


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Walker’s transfer will be a homecoming for Cavs fans, as Walker was a top target of UVA in the 2018 recruiting season. If Walker is immediately eligible, he could be poised for a big season at UVA. The Cavs look to build on momentum from last year’s team that defeated Virginia Tech for the first time in 15 years and went to the ACC Championship game and Orange Bowl. The Hoos will need to replace graduating quarterback Bryce Perkins. Having a good running game will help whoever lines up under center.

Multiple backs have transferred out of UVA this offseason, including Lamont Atkins and PK Kier in February along with Seneca Milledge and RJ Harvey in March.

 

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