Former PSU Commit Excited To Visit Auburn

Bayside's Jonathan Walton discusses his visit to Auburn this weekend and his final three schools.

Daphne, Ala.—A commitment to Penn State until a few weeks ago following a visit to Tennessee, Bayside Academy fullback/linebacker Jonathan Walton has become a hot commodity on the recruiting trail of late as five SEC schools have offered since Christmas. Having already visited the Vols along with South Carolina, Walton will take his final visit this weekend to check out the Auburn Tigers and he said he's excited to see what Coach Gus Malzahn and his new staff are all about.

"It's going to be fun to go up and meet the whole staff," the 6-1, 235 Walton tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I have met the majority of them.

"I want to see everything," he added. "I want to get the feel of the place, the vibe, the people, the coaching staff, everything."

Already familiar with new wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig because of his time spent at Florida State and also his legend status in the Mobile area, Walton said the two have a good relationship already.

"He's a good role model," Walton said of Craig. "I have always looked up to him. He's from this area so I can talk to him about how things went for him. I can relate to him in a lot of ways. He grew up around a lot of the same things."

As a senior at Bayside, Walton made 122 tackles on defense, but it was his play on offense that caught the attention of Malzahn and the Tigers. Rushing for 402 yards on just 41 carries, he's a physical back that Auburn likes on that side of the football.

"They want to play me as an H-Back," Walton said. "They would use me for multiple things. I don't care which side of the ball I play. I feel like once I get to college and fill out a certain way then the school will figure out where they want to put me."

With Auburn in his final three along with Tennessee and South Carolina, Walton said he'll take his visit this weekend and then take his time to make the right choice for his future. One thing he's sure of right now though is that he's excited to have the opportunity to play football in the Southeastern Conference.

"It's big for me," Walton said. "Growing up in the South you always want to play in the SEC. It's just a dominant league with a lot of competition and I would like to play in it."

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