Walton talks Tennessee
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Walton talks Tennessee

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For two-star linebacker and former Penn State commitment Jonathan Walton his recruitment to Tennessee has been a whirlwind.

Tennessee offered Walton and just days later her landed on Rocky Top for an official visit after losing touch with the Penn State coaching staff.

"It went pretty good," Walton said of the visit. "They have a new coaching staff so I got to meet them. They just offered me so that was kind of neat. Everything about me being up here is kind of new, but I had a good time.

"They definitely stand strong. I loved the place, enjoyed my time, enjoyed the people, the coaching staff and I see myself playing here at a place where they need help. The people, the support you have, the place, everything about it you get good vibes. I got a good vibe about the place."

The 6-foot-1, 235 pounder has a great relationship with former Auburn assistant coach turned Tennessee linebacker's coach Tommy Thigpen, which was a big factor in getting the Daphne, Ala., native.

"I used talked to coach Thigpen at Auburn," he said. "I got along with him really well. We always had a good connection. Then he came up here and offered me. He told me he had a new coaching staff he would like for me to meet. I was always cool with him and I came up here to meet the coaching staff and I liked the coaching staff and the place."

Walton, who will visit South Carolina and Auburn, lists Tennessee among his favorites after decommitting from the Nittany Lions and likes the idea of possible early playing time.

"If I can come in and play early in the SEC I would love that, especially at Tennessee," Walton said. "They have an atmosphere for football. I wouldn't mind it at all. I wouldn't mind being redshirted and getting that extra year of getting better and stuff, but if I can come in and play early I will."

As a senior at Bayside (Ala.) Academy, he finished with 122 tackles at linebacker and added 402 yards rushing on 41 carries in limited time on offense.

Walton decommitted from Penn State following the departure of his main recruiting and defensive coordinator Ted Roof, who pursued the same position at Georgia Tech.

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