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 helped lead his high school team to a state championship by running for over 1,400 yards and 24 touchdowns. He also has 21 receptions for 191 yards and a pair of scores. He scored five times in the state title game alone.

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 taken official visits to Miami, West Virginia, and Georgia so far.

Bottom Line: Walton currently makes up half of the nation's best running back class for 2015. Of the two (Jordan Scarlett is the other), Walton is the more natural runner and has the best running instincts of the two. He doesn't have the breakaway speed like Scarlett 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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