Walton Sets Timetable

Michigan's point guard recruiting for the 2013 class heated up last week when the Wolverines extended offers to two in-state floor generals. One of those youngsters was Chandler Park Academy Derrick Walton. Walton recently took a visit to check out the Maize & Blue program. Is he closing in on a decision?

Derrick Walton Jr. hasn't been a stranger in Ann Arbor in recent weeks.  The talented point guard was among the top performers at John Beilein's Elite Camp a few weeks back.  A week before that he was in town for yet another unofficial visit.

"(The visit) was good but it was hot outside," said Walton laughingly. "Other than that it was good. I talked to Coach Beilein, Coach Meyer, Coach Jordan, and Coach Bacari.  It was a good visit."

One of the traits the Wolverines emphasized most was the versatility and freedom Darius Morris was able to display in Beilein's offense.  It's an attribute that Walton had already come to appreciate during the season.

"(I liked) the way they spread the floor and let him work off the pick and rolls," he said.  "Sometimes they posted him up and made him a really good draft prospect this year so I'll definitely take that into consideration."

Another consideration is the a strong relationship he has built with the Michigan staff throughout his recruitment.  It is so strong that in the months leading up to his June 15th offer date, serious conversations about an offer came up numerous times.

"They really told me they'll offer me, but they're not going to offer me unless I'm going to take it. ," recalled Walton.  "So basically they said if I'm not going to commit they're just not going to offer me."

Upon hearing Michigan's strategy, Walton didn't bite on the bait the coaches were dangling in front of him.

"I didn't want to just lean all the way towards Michigan, so I was like, ‘ok, I understand that.'  It's ok I think we'll work it out.'"

Last Wednesday the first part of "working it out" came to fruition.

Said Walton, "we've been talking about it for a while now so them offering officially just makes me more interested in committing to Michigan. I was pretty excited about the offer."

But did an offer from the Wolverines speed things up knowing there are other point guards holding an offer as well?

"I like Michigan, but my whole thing is that they weren't going to force me into making a decision before I was comfortable," Walton explained.  "Right now, if someone else were to take the position, I'd be kind of mad, but what can I do? They've always been at the top of my list. My timeframe is pretty much going to remain the same… around August."

With a decision still a few months away, Walton plans to explore other options and see how they well they meet his list of important criteria.

""Winning, the relationship with the coach and me growing as a person are the main three factors for me deciding on a school," he said.  (Tuesday) I'm taking an unofficial to Notre Dame. I'll also be taking visits to Virginia Tech, Tennessee, and I think DePaul."

Stay tuned to GBW for an update later in the day for word on a change to the point guard recruiting picture.

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