Chicago DL Walton to Visit UM Twice

GoBlueWolverine Magazine spoke with Hubbard (Chicago) High School big man <b>Marquis Walton</b> Thursday evening. He said Michigan was certainly high on his list, and that he was going to make a couple visits to Ann Arbor.

Hubbard (Chicago) has already started its playoff season, defeating Bogan (Chicago) High School 36-0. The Hubbard coaching staff was so sure it was going to advance that it gave their star defensive lineman, Marquis Walton (6-3, 280 lbs., 4.9 in the 40, 365 lb. bench press, 30 inch vertical jump, 2.4 GPA/25 ACT), the game off, "A lot of us didn't play because the other team wasn't very good." Walton said.

When we last spoke with Walton he said he hadn't yet received an offer from Michigan. He said Thursday evening that's still the case, but, "I'm still being contacted regularly by the U-M coaching staff. Coach Moeller calls me one week, and Coach Sheridan calls me the next week," Walton said. "They tell me they are going to offer me, that they're looking for somebody that can come in right away and play and I don't want to red-shirt. They're recruiting me as a d-tackle or nose-guard. I'll probably play nose-guard though. I want to play for a national championship"

Even without an offer, Walton, who bench presses 365 pounds and squats 535 pounds 10 times will visit Michigan unoffically for the Ohio State game on November 22nd, and officially on December 5th. It's possible Walton could receive his offer during the official visit.

Walton lists Michigan among his top five, along with Oklahoma, Oregon, Iowa, Michigan State. Michigan will be his first. Of his top schools only Oregon has offered so far. He reports offers from He has offers from Indiana, Cincinnati, Illinois, and Northwestern as well.

This will actually be Walton's second and third trips to Ann Arbor. "I went up for the Notre Dame game," he said. "Man, that was an awesome game. I'd like to play for that defense." He said he hadn't seen any other Wolverine match-ups because his games were usually played on Saturdays. Walton wants to major in broadcasting in collge, and, "Michigan has a very good broadcasting program." he said.

While Walton is the son of former Milwaukee Bucks player Lloyd Walton, and played basketball his freshman and sophomore years, he plans to wrestle this year after football is over. He'll also throw the shot-put in the fall for his track and field team.

Hubbard plays Hinsdale South this Saturday. Hinsdale is favored so you can bet Walton will be in for this one.

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