The offensive line position has been a sore spot for the 2005 edition of the Cornhuskers due to injury, poor execution and various other factors, but the bottom line is that with several members of the group soon to depart, new blood is needed. J.B. Walton would make a fine addition to that class of newbies.
Walton's total offer count stands at 35 and he recently took in the Virginia Tech-Maryland game this past Thursday evening. "It was a good game overall," he said. "Maryland held them for a bit and then Virginia Tech just jumped on them. It was a good atmosphere for a while and then (the Virginia Tech fans) turned it into Hokie Stadium."
Looking back at his own game this past week, his team found themselves in a position they hadn't been in all year. "It went well. We came back from a 17-point deficit and it was the first time we ever had to come back. We beat them 38-23 and we're sitting at 5-2 overall," commented Walton. As to his own personal performance along with his unit, he remarked, "I thought I did well. We got a couple of key stops on defense. Our QB stepped up and the offense did their job, we did ours, too," he said.
The Cornhuskers had been looking forward to hosting Walton for this week's battle between NU and rival Oklahoma, is that still the case? "Yes – I'll be leaving to go up there Early Saturday morning," Walton confirmed. When asked if he could commit on the visit, he said that most likely he would wait to pull the trigger, but in the overall scheme of things, he wasn't too sure when he would.
J.B. states his current top schools as Penn State, Florida State, Nebraska, Florida, LSU and Oklahoma. Walton commented that his communication with Nebraska has been positive and the NU coaches are looking forward to his arrival. "I spoke to a couple of coaches last week about coming up and they're really excited," said Walton.
Apparently Nebraska Cornerbacks Coach Phil Elmassian was especially keyed up about the visit. "He said that when I come up there I'd have a good time. They call quite a bit. I talk to them about academics and have a good conversation. They like to just check up on you." So, would Walton say things are going well between him and Nebraska? "Definitely, the relationship is good."