September 2, 2014

USC making late run at Alabama linebacker

Jonathan Walton

Jonathan Walton

LB Jonathan Walton (6-1 225) of Mobile, AL committed to Penn State in early December after an official visit to Happy Valley. But he was offered earlier this week by USC linebackers coach Kirk Botkin and will take an official visit to USC in January on a date still to be determined. “I stand pretty strong with Penn State which was one of the first schools to get on me,” Walton said. “I’ve gotten pretty close with the coaching staff and the players. I wish I had gotten an SEC offer early. South Carolina runs a strong defense. They are a good program with a good coaching staff.” Walton can play inside or outside linebacker and talked with Botkin about USC’s needs. “He’s looking at me to play inside or outside, a little bit more outside,” he said. “They have a depth problem at linebacker. I run to the ball well and have good ball instincts. I’m big and can move.” Walton said he’s not sure what it would take for USC to turn him, but comfort level will be key. “I’m pretty set with Penn State unless I feel it’s (USC) the best place for me,” he said. “That’s the whole point in taking an official.” Walton has also visited Minnesota but the Gophers are not a factor. He also has offers from Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana Tech, South Alabama, UAB and Troy. He’s also drawn interest from Auburn, Mississippi State and Ole Miss.

Clemson junior commitment DB Dylan Sumner-Gardner of Mesquite, TX picked up an offer from Ole Miss today.  Auburn also offered him recently and he’s been torn between Clemson and Auburn of late.


  1. This move is solid proof that Carolina is in dire straits regarding their LB corps. Trying to sway a 2* this late in the process is very telling. Botkin needs to step it up in the future.

  2. Old Gamecock says:

    Very worried about recruiting. We have been caught with our pants down at LB, (also going after a JuCo retread from 2010), and our overall class is 8th in the SEC, behind Vanderbilt, and also behind 4 ACC teams. Only 4 4-stars and losing Mr. Football to GA – are we back to where we were four or five years ago? Better hope we can beat GA away early and Fla at home late next year or we may never see the SEC Championship game again. There are 3 giants in the SEC west now even if Auburn doesn’t rebound under GM. Vanderbilt is rising in the east and you can’t expect Tenn to stay down forever. Can’t believe we let our recruiting slip and LBs slip away. Should have rehired Ellis J. when we had the chance.