Considering the party started Friday, things keep rolling right along in Blacksburg. On an official visit this weekend, former Colorado commitment Walker Culver committed to Virginia Tech. A large offensive tackle prospect from Chattanooga, Tennessee, Culver replaces the spot recently vacated by Jordan McFadden in the burgeoning 2018 recruiting class. The first recruit from Tennessee in this class (and actually the first recruit from Tennessee in several years, since Woody Baron committed), Culver joins Christian Darrisaw, John Harris, and Luke Tenuta on the offensive line. His offer list includes Auburn, Ohio State, Colorado, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Mississippi State, UNC, Virginia, and others.
I am thankful for all of the great schools and coaches that have recruited me and I am proud to say I am committed to Virginia Tech! #ExitLight18 pic.twitter.com/l3ihOp75QD— Walker Culver (@WalkerCulver58) December 18, 2017
Culver is rated as a high three star across the board for Rivals, ESPN, and 247, and is the highest rated VT offensive line recruit.
Now to review offensive line tape. Early Christmas present!
Walker Culver (Chattanooga, TN. 6’-6”, 273lbs. Offensive Tackle.)
Culver is a big, athletic tackle that can get to the second level. Once he locks in, he’s quite strong on his feet. I do like the footwork he displays at left tackle, and how he sheds defenders to get on the blocks he needs. He seems pretty adept at both run blocking and pass blocking, which is a good thing. He doesn’t fire out of his stance like I would like, but he doesn’t stand straight up either. Also a benefit? He’s a pulling tackle. Don’t see that all too often at the high school level. His hands are generally at a good level and in the right spot, so that is a plus. But the bottom line is he’s still got to put on at least 20lbs, if not 30, of muscle in order to compete at this level. His body is narrow, which is fine for a tackle, but it does somewhat limit the mass you can put on someone. However, he’s a good starting point for a college tackle and after what will most definitely be a redshirt year and at least likely one or two years riding the pine, Culver should be able to contribute on the offensive line in a major way.
Welcome to the Hokies, Walker!