Indiana running back Ronnie Walker, Jr., is leaving Bloomington to transfer to Virginia.
The former Hoosier, current Wahoo made the announcement Friday on his Twitter account. “Excited to say that I will be transferring to the University of Virginia,” he said, accompanied by a snazzy gif of him transforming from Indiana crimson to Cavalier blue.
— Ronnie Walker Jr. (@RonnieWalker32) April 17, 2020
A native of Hopewell, Va., Walker was listed as the No. 6 prospect in his home state upon signing with Indiana in 2018. He led Hopewell to a state title as a senior, compiling 1,344 yards and 19 touchdowns his final year as a prep.
Walker was a backup player his two years at IU. He rushed 32 times for 141 yards as a freshman, and 27 times for 80 yards last fall (while also catching 12 passes for 112 yards and a 64-yard touchdown in a 52-0 win over Eastern Illinois on Sept. 7. His high carry game came twice, a 9-rush effort against Ball State in 2018 — his first collegiate game — and nine again in last year’s 44-41 Old Oaken Bucket defeat of Purdue.
He joins a running back room that saw four backs compile at least 15 carries, and all are set to return — though no one took the job and, uh, ran with it. Wayne Taulapapa led Virginia’s running backs with 116 carries for 473 yards and 12 touchdowns.