Ronnie Walker scores from 67 yards out. Photo by Mike Schumann, The Daily Hoosier

IU Football: Reports Indicate Running Back Ronnie Walker, Jr. Has Entered Name Into Transfer Portal

Indiana’s top rated recruit from the class of 2018 is moving on.

The Hoosiers’ depth at running back took a big hit on Thursday with the news that Ronnie Walker, Jr. has entered his name in the transfer portal.  247Sports’ national desk appears to have been the first to report the news.

Walker arrived in Bloomington as a top-500 recruit out of Hopewell, Virginia with high expectations, especially when 2017 starter Morgan Ellison was kicked-off the program.

But the emergence of Stevie Scott along with the successful recruitment of Sampson James in the class of 2019 led to Walker falling to third on the depth chart this season.

The 5-foot-11 Walker received just 32 carries in nine games as a freshman, and 27 carries in 13 games as a sophomore.  For his IU career Walker accumulated 221 rushing yards and a 3.7 yards per carry average.

Walker added 12 receptions for 112 yards in 2019, including a 64 yard touchdown catch against Eastern Illinois.  He scored three touchdowns during his time at IU.

Indiana signed three-star running back Tim Baldwin in its class of 2020.  Baldwin also hails from Virginia, and he appears to be in line to compete for the spot behind Scott and James along with returning veteran Ahrod Lloyd.

Running back Cole Gest also entered his name in the transfer portal during the 2019 season.  The Hoosiers may need to look to the portal or elsewhere to add depth to the position for the 2020 season.

For a complete look at who is returning for Indiana in 2020, go here.


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