Walton: "They Were All Fired Up"

Philip Walton believed that his recruitment could take off if he attended some college camps this spring and summer, but he was ready to make his decision on Tuesday.

Philip Walton, who already held offers from NC State, Marshall, and Elon, was set to visit Kentucky this weekend.

"After the Nike camp on Saturday I told my dad that even if I visited Kentucky I was still going to pick State," said Walton. "So, I just decided that no matter who would have offered, State would have been No. 1 for me."

The Charlotte (NC) Christian standout drove up to Raleigh on Tuesday for an unofficial visit to NC State.

"I went up by myself," he said. "I wanted to check out the academics for the Agriculture programs... I plan on majoring in Agriculture Management. I was able to do that and spend a lot of time with the coaches. It was a great visit."

Prior to leaving, he informed the coaches of his commitment. Walton, who is being recruited by tight ends coach Eddie Faulkner, says they were pleased to hear the news.

"The coaches, they were all fired up," he stated. "Basically, NC State is a perfect fit for me with my education, it's close to home, and there's already guys from my school going there.

"It was really just common sense for me to make my decision now."

Growing up, Walton was a competitive swimmer and didn't play football until his freshman year of high school.

"I was big into swimming," said Walton. "I was competing at a very high level... I thought it was where I was going to be in my life. But, when I went to high school I gave basketball a shot and didn't love it.

"Then I decided to try football and after my very first hit I knew that was what I wanted to do."

Checking in at 6-foot-7 and 260 pounds, Walton has a lean frame, long arms, and very good feet... traits college coaches look for in offensive linemen. However, because he's relatively new to the sport, Walton knows that he is a work-in-progress.

"There are some tweaks I need to make to my stance, and I need to work on my sets in pass protection," he said. "But, I like the physical part of the game. It just comes natural.

"I grew up not being able to hit anybody because I was always the biggest kid. My parents would tell me to hold back. When I got into football I realized it was legal to hit anybody as much as I wanted to. That was really fun for me."

NC State is recruiting Walton to play tackle, and he is the latest prospect from Charlotte (NC) Christian, one of the top programs in the state, to pick the Wolfpack. Last year NC State inked three Christian alums: wide receiver Bo Hines, tight end Garrett Bradbury, and linebacker Ty Linton.

"That was definitely a factor in my decision," Walton said. "I didn't want to go out of state where I don't know anybody. I'd rather be playing for a team that I know is a family and with some players I've played with before."

The Wolfpack hopes they aren't done at Christian. They also have offered 2015 standout Brian Chaffin, one of the top center prospects in the country.

"I'm definitely going to be all over him about the Wolfpack," said Walton, laughing. "I know he has a lot of looks from a lot of different places and ultimately the decision will be his, but I'm going to be trying to get him to come be a part of the Pack."

What's next for Walton?

"I'm going to continue trying to get better," he said. "I don't have any camps or combines coming up, but I'm going to stay working out.

"I'll be playing defense again this year too, but I really want to work hard on improving at tackle because that's my future."

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