Buckeyes Hot On The Trail Of Maryland Lineman

The Buckeyes are looking in and out of state for offensive linemen this year. One player they would love to land is Maryland's J.B. Walton. According to Walton, OSU's level of interest seems very high. Click here for the latest on this prospect.

Indian Head (Md.) Lackey offensive tackle J.B. Walton figures to be one of the most highly sought offensive line prospects on the East Coast this year.

How did Ohio State show its interest in Walton? The Buckeyes sent not one, not two, but three assistants to see Walton during the May evaluation period.

"Three coaches came down to see me at my school," Walton said. "That made me feel pretty good. I asked them about Ohio State. I asked them about the tradition and the background at the school and they knew all about it. They said the academics there were good. That is a main concern for me. My mom stresses academics. I am sure it's a great atmosphere."

When asked for a list of schools, Walton (6-3, 282, 5.0) listed Tennessee, Georgia, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Penn State, Ohio State, Florida and Florida State. All have offered. (In other recent reports, Walton listed Oklahoma, Penn State and Tennessee as three of his top schools.)

"I do not have any visits scheduled yet," Walton said. "I will probably wait and take one or two during the season. I probably will not make a decision until after the season."

Walton said he is looking forward to his high school season.

"I think we have a chance to go undefeated in our conference," Walton said. "I think we have a chance to go to the playoffs and maybe even on to the state championship this year."

Walton is a two-way lineman.

"I will play wherever they need me," he said. "I know I could play defense. I could probably play anywhere on the defensive line or the offensive line. I want to play wherever I can to get on the field.

"In terms of playing offensive line, I think I do a good job of pulling and also on pass blocking. Pulling is one of my specialties. I am able to hit one guy and keep going. I know it's my job to spring the running back so he can get 20 yards."

Walton holds a 2.5 GPA. He will take the ACT in September.

"I'm taking prep classes right now to get ready for that test," he said.

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