As has been the habit of new defensive coordinator Ted Roof, another athletic, a versatile linebacker is drawing some interest from Penn State.
Running back/linebacker Jonathan Walton tells me that he is looking forward to scheduling an official visit this fall with Ted Roof to watch a game at Beaver Stadium and take in the Penn State campus. While he is being recruited by Penn State as a linebacker, it’s worth noting that the majority of LBs Penn State has recruited in this cycle have been players that doubled as offensive skill players. That includes current commit (for now) Zayd Issah and de-committed LB/Athlete Zach Bradshaw, both of whom played key roles on offense with the ball in their hands.
It would appear that the mold has been set for Ted Roof’s ideal linebacker and he likes them fast and athletic.
Scout.com lists the 5’11″ 220 pound Walton as a two star middle linebacker, but he tells me that Arkansas State has offered him as an all-purpose running back. He also holds offers from UAB, Louisiana Tech, Troy, Arkansas State, South Alabama and Louisiana Lafayette. He was offered by Penn State around the same time as current commit Neiko Robinson, following a trip to the deep south by the aforementioned Penn State defensive coordinator, Ted Roof.
With currently-committed linebacker Zayd Issah nearing a decision about Penn State, the recruitment of Walton could become crucial.
His defensive highlights start just after the 6:00 mark of his FILM. However, the first play at running back is worth watching, if only to see the block his wide receiver throws around the 25 second mark. Jonathan says that was actually the wrong block…but it looks SO right.
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