Gamecock FB Recruiting: Jonathan Walton to South Carolina
Twitter can sometimes be a fan's best friend.
In today's case, it's the Gamecock Nation's best friend as a big recruit for South Carolina has indicated that he has chosen the Gamecocks as his college home.
Linebacker Jonathan Walton tweeted out today that he'll be joining Mohamed Camara as a Gamecock this upcoming season.
Walton, a three-star recruit on the 247sports Composite rankings, has been contemplating his decision for his future college home the last several days after he took an official visit to Auburn the weekend of January 25th. Walton officially visited South Carolina during the big recruiting weekend for the Gamecocks on January 18th. Walton nearly committed to South Carolina after that visit but the trip to his home state team in Auburn had him battling back and forth between the Auburn Tigers and the South Carolina Gamecocks.
Both schools had different approaches in their recruitment of Walton. South Carolina wanted Walton as a linebacker while Auburn wanted Walton on the offensive side of the ball as an H-back in their offense. The decision was back and forth over the coming days but things began trending upward in favor of South Carolina as each passing day came with no announcement.
If Walton was truly headed to Auburn, why would he delay an announcement? The only logical explanation would be he was waiting to announce as to not offend the home crowd by signing with the Gamecocks. By waiting till National Signing Day, this would keep the pressure from going out of state down to a minimum as he could have signed with the Gamecocks that day and there would be no more battling back and forth trying to make a decision or have to listen to the persuasion to enroll at Auburn.
South Carolina picks up a much needed linebacker to help alleviate some of the depth issues that currently have the Gamecocks in a bind. The plan looks to have Walton start out at the WILL linebacker spot even though he could possibly line up at the MIKE linebacker spot.
Either way, South Carolina lands a talented linebacker recruit over the likes of Penn State, Auburn, Tennessee and Minnesota.