Canes Recruiting Spotlight: RB commit

The Hurricanes currently have a commitment from one of the top running back prospects in the state of Florida. Read on to learn more about him as a player, how his senior season went, to watch a movie trailer about him, and much more.

The Player: Mark Walton is a running back at Booker T. Washington High in Miami.

As a Prospect: At 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds, Walton is a naturally gifted running back. He has very good running instincts and is able to see the smallest of holes and burst through them. He runs as if he has eyes all around his head. He is very patient, has excellent vision, and does a nice job of making people miss in the open field. He runs with balance, forward lean, and does a nice job of finishing off his runs. He's also a very skilled pass-catcher coming out of the backfield. Walton plays for one of the premier prep programs in the entire state and is used to playing in big games on a weekly basis. The one major knock on him as a prospect is that he lacks the ability to run away from people.

On The Field: Walton has had a tremendous prep career for BTW. He was expected to be just a junior on the field this season but is now expected to be part of Miami's 2015 recruiting class instead. He's helped lead BTW into the state championship game set for this weekend by running for 1,286 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also has 21 receptions for 191 yards and a pair of scores.

As a Recruit: Walton landed numerous major scholarship offers in the spring including from schools like Florida State, Georgia, Tennessee, and West Virginia. He was recruited like a four-star prospect. He has not yet scheduled any other visits so his commitment to Miami seems to be rock solid heading into the home stretch.

Bottom Line: Walton currently makes up one-third of the nation's best running back class for 2015. Of the three (Jordan Scarlett and Dexter Williams are the others), Walton is the most natural runner and has the best running instincts of the group. He doesn't have the breakaway speed like the other two but he's a proven runner between the tackles and is actually quite similar as a runner and in terms of the overall package to current UM freshman Joseph Yearby. Walton has a tremendous future at the college level.




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