Walton wants a shot with LSU

Jaevon Walton is another name on the Edna Karr roster with connections to LSU. Though he spent last season at Tuscaloosa Academy, Walton is back in New Orleans, and wants an offer from LSU.

Jaevon Walton has bounced around a lot over the last few years. His mother lives in New Orleans, La., and his father lives in Tuscaloosa, Ala. He spent last football season playing for Tuscaloosa Academy, but now he'll suit back up for the reigning Louisiana state champs.

Walton has returned to Edna Karr for the remainder of his high school career.

"I love being back," Walton said. "I love the practices we have now. I'm not saying the practices we had in Alabama were different, but we have speed in New Orleans. In Alabama it was mostly power."

Enrolling at Karr has also reunited him with a number of other prospects, including LSU targets Devante Noil, Gerald Willis and Anthony Jones, as well as commit Donnie Alexander. By attending a school with a seemingly strong pipeline to LSU, it's also put him back on the Tigers' radar.

Walton made a trip to campus last weekend with Alexander and Jones, and will make another visit on Saturday for the Spring Game.

"I had a great time," Walton said. "I loved it. I love the atmosphere. I love the tradition with the fans. And practice. Just everything about it…I've been to LSU plenty of times. I have all kinds of family up there, and a lot of people I know go to LSU, so I try to get up there as much as I can. The last time was for Junior Day."

With strong connections to the program, Walton has long heard from LSU. The contact died down though while he was in Alabama, but since his return, he feels like the interest has picked back up.

"Coach Frank is in my family, so our relationship is close. I went up there and we got a lot of one-on-one time. He told me what I'd be doing and what he likes about me."

The friendships with his Edna Karr teammates is another thing that makes LSU more appealing.

"We're just trying to build something special," Walton said. "The recruiting class of 2014 is going to be real nice, and I just hope that LSU let's me be a part of that class…[Alexander's] recruiting everybody to come. Everyone's just trying to get on board."

Though Walton's preferred position is linebacker, he said the LSU staff likes him best as a fullback. With two FBs graduating from this year's team, LSU will certainly be looking to find someone to fill in J.C. Copeland and Connor Neighbors' shoes.

Whether that FB will be a scholarship player remains to be seen, but Walton said he's certainly intrigued by the idea.

"They like me as a fullback, but I think they're saying that because they haven't seen me play linebacker for a whole season," Walton said. I think it might end up as a tossup…They love my athleticism as a fullback, because I have a fullback's body, but running back agility. The coaches like my work, and the only thing they need to see is my blocking. If I can block, then I could possibly start."

Walton will also attend LSU's summer camp session this June, where he'll show off his ability at both linebacker and fullback. If an offer would come, he has no trouble admitting it would make for an easy decision.

"It would be real hard to turn down," Walton said. "Even though my dad lives in Alabama, it would be real hard to turn down LSU. I wouldn't just be playing for LSU. It's playing for the state of Louisiana."

But with scholarship numbers likely limited in this 2014 class, the staff may not extend one for the FB position. Instead, it's possible they make it a greyshirt offer or preferred walk-on spot.

If that turns out to be the case, Walton would also embrace that.

"I might take that into consideration as well," Walton said. "Being a part of LSU, I'd be willing to work for my scholarship."

Alexander said he's also heard from Alabama, Mississippi State, Miami, Georgia Tech, North Carolina State and Southern Miss.

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