2014 recruit: Massadiq Walton

Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, Va.) outside linebacker/defensive end Massadiq Walton is a talented defensive prospect. Inside ECU Sports recently spoke with him about his offer from East Carolina.

Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, Va.) linebacker/defensive end Massadiq Walton is seeing raised interested from college coaches as his senior year approaches. He currently holds offers from East Carolina and Navy.

"It was inside linebackers Coach John Wiley," the 6-foot-3 260 pound Walton said. "He was the main coach who recruited me and then I heard from the defensive line coach (Marc Yellock). They want me at outside linebacker or defensive end. I like the feel they gave me about how the program is like a brotherhood."

Living in Virginia Beach has limited Walton's exposure to the Pirate Nation. Aside from knowing a few former ECU players in the NFL (Chris Johnson and Vonta Leach), he didn't know much about ECU before his offer.

As far as visiting goes, Walton has yet to make it to campus. He said he will try to make it to ECU before the end of summer, but is still coordinating the trip with his mom.

Walton had an impressive junior season at Ocean Lakes, but he has bigger plans for his senior season.

"Last season I did pretty well," he said. "I could of done better and plan on doing so next season. I want to help my team win the state championship and mainly get myself college ready."

Although Navy and ECU are the only schools to offer Walton, he's been hearing from other schools as well.

"Virginia Tech has been in contact with me," Walton said. "I've also received letters from the University of Massachusetts and James Madison."

Walton plans on having a busy end to summer.

"I am going to more camps and football practices," he said. "I'm going to Virginia, Virginia Tech, JMU and Temple."

When asked about his top three schools, Walton had ECU in the mix along with Virginia Tech and JMU.

It's going to take time for Walton to make a commitment, but he has an idea.

"I think I'll wait until signing day," Walton said. "I want to wait and do it with my teammates and that's when they'll do it, so right now that's what I'm going to do." He also mentioned he doesn't plan on graduating early.

Looking up to NFL players is a common thing for high school athletes. Walton looks up to one of the best defensive ends in the National Football League.

"Julius Peppers is who I look up to," he said. "Watching him is what I like to do, he's my favorite player and I love watching the Chicago Bears defense, they're my favorite team as well."

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