Hampton (Va.) Bethel cornerback Rijo Walker made his decision this afternoon. The 5-foot-10, 171-pounder made his choice amongst a half dozen scholarships including East Carolina, NC State, South Carolina, Northwestern, West Virginia, Wake Forest and Virginia.
"I committed earlier today, around 1 p.m. to Virginia," he said. "I called Coach Poindexter first and talked to him a bit. I did that before I came out and told Coach Scott.
"They were both real happy. Coach Scott told me he was running up and down the field trying to find Coach Groh. I plan to call him later tonight."
What made Walker pick the Cavaliers?
"It's a school and team that wants you and you want them too, I felt comfortable with them and the school offers great things," he said. "There was no point in dragging it on when I was going to end up choosing them anyway. I wanted to get it done right now and not miss the opportunity."
A few factors played into the three-star prospect's decision.
"I grew up in Virginia," he said. "I moved down here when I was two. I've been here for 15-years and it's good to represent your state with pride. They are only two hours away from home and the program is headed in the right direction.
"I especially liked the coaches. When I went to the camp at the end of June, I got to work out with Coach Poindexter. I got to see how he coaches and he keeps it real. He tells it like it is and he was a great defensive back at Virginia. He knows what he's talking about, how things are and how to play the game. I can't wait to get up there and see how it is for myself."
Virginia recruited Walker for cornerback.
"They told me they have two cornerbacks that may go in the draft coming up," he said. "Those two spots are open and it'll be a competition for them."
Overall, Walker is pleased to be done with the process.
"It's just a relief to get it done with," he said. "Now I can really focus on my team and my high school. I can focus on getting better as a player and taking care of my schoolwork. I'm just relieved that it's out of the way."