CanesTime's Recruiter of the Year

One year after being named Recruiter of the Year by CanesTime.com, defensive coordinator Tim Walton has been given the honors again.

A year ago, we honored Tim Walton as the Recruiter of the Year for the Miami Hurricanes. He was able to land Graig Cooper, Kylan Robinson, Steven Wesley, Tervaris Johnson, and Ryan Hill for the Hurricanes last year. He edged out former offensive line coach Mario Cristobal for that award last year.

This year, the new defensive coordinator for the Hurricanes was at it again.

He had to re-recruit Graig Cooper after the talented running back failed to gain admission into school and was forced to attend a Prep School for a semester. Cooper had to get re-recruited, this time as a five-star player, and Walton landed him again.

"Coach Walton's just a real cool guy," he said. "We don't always have to be talking about football. He just makes you feel real comfortable and of course, he has a lot of football knowledge too."

Cooper wasn't the only Hurricane the former secondary coach was responsible for this year. He was Miami's primary recruiter for DeMarcus Van Dyke, Doug Wiggins, Joe Nicolas, and Jared Campbell.

"Coach Walton's the first one who started talking to me," Campbell said. "That's when I started getting really excited about the possibility of becoming a Hurricane."

Van Dyke was a Hurricane commitment before switching over to the Gators for most of the recruiting process. He inked with the Hurricanes on National Signing Day.

"Coach Walton, he has lots of energy," he said. "He seems like a real good coach and someone I could see myself playing for."

Nicolas, who was committed to Rutgers for over a month after taking an official visit there in December, said it was Walton who was a main reason he picked the Hurricanes.

"Of course Coach Shannon was a big reason," he said. "I love Coach Shannon and can't wait to play for him. But Coach Walton being there and staying on me the way he did, that really made me want to go (to Miami). too."

Walton edged out fellow assistant coaches Marquis Mosely and Clint Hurtt for the award this year.

Recruiter of the Year is given annually to the assistant coach who CanesTime.com believes was responsible for bringing in the best collection of talent in each recruiting class.


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