Clearly the top linebacker to play under Head Coach Pelini Lavonte David looked more like a safety than a linebacker. What it really speaks to is that you can't hide a ball player in the largest or the smallest of frames.
Take Jaevon Walton for example. At 6-foot-0 and 225-pounds Walton doesn't have that "long" frame that most college coaches get caught up. You watch the film though and you can't miss the ball player.
Son of former Alabama National Champion and All-American John Copeland you find a player that hits like a truck at the linebacker position. Below are some clips from a pre-season game before his senior season.
Walton plays well in space, keeping his eyes on the quarterback, and quickly diagnoses the slant route. The next thing that happens is pain. Two bodies collide and only one is left standing.
The physical side of Walton's game flashes all over his film, but even if you are physical you have to get to where the play is first. Walton shoes incredible instincts, quickness and an ability to get to where the play will be made.
The straight line speed is evident when you continue to watch Walton's film and it cuts over to offense. Again, the physical side of Walton's play comes into it as Walton punishes defenders in front of him.
Walton flipped on his commitment to Louisiana when he chose Nebraska. Walton was also holding offers from Missouri and Southern Miss among others and has been getting interest from LSU. Walton is rated the No. 70 MLB according to Scout.com.