The Player: Mark Walton was considered the best player on a Booker T. Washington High team that won a state championship and finished the season as one of the top ranked teams in the entire country. The talented senior ran the ball 203 times for 1,470 yards and 22 touchdowns. He also finished the year with 24 catches for 284 yards and four touchdowns. Walton seemed to be at his best when the stage was the biggest, as his best performance of the season came in the state title game against Jacksonville Bolles when he scored five touchdowns and accounted for over 200 yards of offense. At 5-foot-10 and 185 pounds, he was one of the state's most productive running backs in 2014.
The Recruit: Walton was recruited like a big time prospect from day one. He had scholarship offers from major programs all over the country back in the spring, when he was still being classified as a rising junior. Because of his academic standing, he was able to become a member of the 2015 class over the summer. Walton committed to the Hurricanes a long time ago and even though he considered a few other schools he never really wavered from that commitment. Recruited by Ice Harris, Walton took January visits to West Virginia and Georgia but never strongly considered either school.
Bottom Line: Miami had four running back commitments at one time and they ended up with just one. Even at that time, Walton was always considered to be the best of the group. Jordan Scarlett and Jordan Cronkrite signed with Florida, while Dexter Williams inked with Notre Dame. Walton is the only one of the four who stayed committed the entire time. Miami lost record-setting back Duke Johnson following the season so they will need another premier running back to come in and compete for playing time. Walton can be that guy. He's talented enough to come in and challenge Joseph Yearby for the starting job in 2015. Whether he wins it or not, Walton is expected to play a major role for the Hurricanes. A lot of people consider him the best overall player in this year's recruiting class for Miami.