Walton ready to be a Wildcat

Arizona beat Utah on Saturday night and got rewarded for the win early Sunday morning. Read on to find out which offensive lineman committed to Arizona, why he felt it was the right place for him, and more.

The Arizona Wildcats had a productive weekend. They snapped a two-game losing streak with a win over Utah for their first Pac-12 victory, Ka'Deem Carey was thrust back into the top spot in the annual rushing leaderboards, and the coaches landed two commitments.

One of those commitments, North Fort Myers (Fla.) offensive tackle Levi Walton, had been thinking about the decision for some time. Just before he was set to leave Tucson, Walton made his final decision.

"I'm just on my way to the airport now," Walton said Sunday morning. "I've had a good day so far. I committed (to Arizona) at breakfast this morning."

Walton was on hand for the game against Utah and was impressed by the atmosphere in the win.

"I just came out here on an official visit," he said. "They showed me around and everything was amazing. They almost had a sellout crowd and the stadium was packed. I really loved the atmosphere.

"I was really impressed with the game. They were down 21-20 at one point and they rallied together and came back for the big win. It was a great game."

The lineman is already getting acquainted with some of the other Wildcats, including one that won't be on campus until next season.

"I met another commit while I was there, Brandon (Dawkins)," Walton said. "He was great. The rest of the players were, too. They all just took me in and took good care of me. I love the city and it was just the place for me."

One of the main reasons that Walton was attracted to the Wildcats was the coaching staff. He was recruited by Bill Kirelawich, but got to speak with many coaches throughout the program.

"I talked to Coach Kirelawich the most because he is the recruiter for my region," Walton said. "Coach (Matt) Dudek showed us around when we were on campus. He's a great guy and I really liked him.

"The coaches are the reason I made my decision. They are all really nice guys and are honest and straight forward. They are going to tell you like it is. They aren't going to lie to you or trick you into getting you to do what they want."

Arizona's coaches didn't sell much to the Walton except that he would love it in Tucson. The connection with the staff helped build up to his commitment to the Wildcats.

"They didn't really have a big pitch," he said. "I talked about committing earlier with Coach Kirelawich and he told me that if I came out here, it would sell itself. It did. They brought me out here and everything he said was true."

One thing that stood out to Walton was the city of Tucson. The offensive tackle was impressed by the support that the city showed for the football program and university.

"I like the coaches a lot and I really like the whole city," he said. "The whole city comes out to support Arizona. It's not like some schools where the school is just there and people don't support it, or supports another school that is close. Here, the whole city is behind the school."

Although it is almost a year away, the high school senior already knows where he will fit in with the Wildcats and their offense.

"I like how Arizona runs the spread," Walton said. "They aren't a real big power team. I am a shorter, smaller lineman, but I like to play physical. That will allow me to use my size and play quick."

Walton chose Arizona over offers from Indiana, Ball State, Middle Tennessee, Navy, FIU, Buffalo, and several others.


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