Jaevon Walton impressive at UA camp

Jaevon Walton, athlete from Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Academy, will make a big contribution to his team this fall after a starter last season at Edna Karr High School in New Orleans, La. Walton, the son of former Alabama All-American John Copeland, was one of the top performers at the Crimson Tide's camp this week.

"I am back at Tuscaloosa Academy," said Jaevon Walton. "I started there my eighth and ninth grade year. I then moved to New Orleans. That is where my mom lived. My dad wanted me to come back, so I decided to move back here.

"I was actually playing basketball one day in the gym in New Orleans, and the head football coach saw me. He told me I had potential. I started going to seven-on-sevens at Karr. They had a senior in front of me, but by the first game I was starting.

"It's good to be back here. It feels the same as it was in New Orleans. The pace is a little slower. In New Orleans the speed of the game was choppy. You have to think on your feet. I am trying to get used to everything here."

The 6-foot, 225-pound prospect recorded 90 tackles last season, 10 sacks and 17 tackles for loss. He is expected to play linebacker and running back for Tuscaloosa Academy.

Walton talked about his four days spent this week in the Tide's summer camp.

"I was out there for the whole camp," he said. "Coach Nussmeier came out to see me in the spring. I am always around Alabama because of my dad. I try to stay away, but for some reason I am always drawn back in to them.

"The camp, it was hard. It was the best time I had though. I know what I am getting into. I am always looking forward to camping there. I look forward to the pass rushing. I like competing. I like competing against top names and doing well.

"What I liked most about the camp was none of the coaches were lax. They were intense. Whenever I was tired they told me something to rejuvenate the fire and want me to give it my all.

"I played inside linebacker the first few days. Then they moved me to running back. I did a little bit of pass rushing. Coach Nuss loved me. They said they want to see how I grow, then that's how they will project me at the college level."

Walton's father, John Copeland, was an All-American for the 1992 National Championship team. Walton has his own interest in the Tide.

"I like the tradition," he said. "They make you feel like you are a part of something. Everyone who goes to Bama does their role and plays it well. I like the coaching staff. They aren't too strict or too easy. They know how to treat a player."

Walton is attracting interest from Alabama, Auburn, LSU and Miami. He is interested in Alabama, Arkansas, Clemson, Georgia, LSU and Miami. He will camp at Auburn this weekend. He also plans to camp at Miami and LSU.

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