LB Visits, Eyes Decision

Detroit Cass Tech LB Tim Walton came down to Champaign from the Motor City on Thursday night for a visit all day on Friday. Could a decision be not far off?

The past two recruiting classes got off to a hot start on the offensive side of the ball, but Illinois is hoping to firm up the defensive side of the class in the near future as well, and one of their top targets on that side of the ball is Detroit (MI) Cass Tech LB Tim Walton.

The 6'1", 225 pound Walton, who received his first Big Ten offer from Illinois, told Illini Inquirer that he came down Thursday night and spent all day Friday on campus.

"The academic piece, honestly (stood out to me)," Walton said. "The program was perfect for me."

On the field, Walton is a physical, downhill type linebacker, but he isn't one-dimensional and has some twists in his game that he said the Illinois coaches think make him versatile and a possible multi-position player.

"They see me as a mike (middle linebacker) and a LEO on their defense," he said. "They said some of the things they like about me is how I play and how I move downhill."

So far, Walton has been primarily recruited by Mike Ward, who would be Walton's position coach at Illinois, as well as co-Defensive Coordinator Tim Banks.

Walton said that as of right now he has no other visits planned. With offers from Cincinnati, Toledo, Western Michigan, Ball State, Navy, Kent State, Eastern Michigan, and Buffalo on the table, Walton has plenty of options on the table for a college destination.

He will definitely be one to keep an eye on over the next month, as he indicated he would like to decide in the next few weeks.

"Well, I'm not exactly sure when I will (commit)," he said, "but it will be before our first game."

And that bodes well for Illinois, who not only got his final visit, but also has built a great relationship with the defender.

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