RECRUITING: OU in the hunt for Maryland OL

Indian Head, Md. offensive lineman J.B. Walton talks about his favorites and interest in Oklahoma.


J.B. Walton has made himself into one of the top offensive line prospects in the country. Walton, who is being recruited coast-to-coast, broke into the starting line-up as a freshman at defensive tackle and tight end before moving to offensive tackle as a sophomore.

"I really went both ways my freshman season," said Walton. "Then they moved me to offensive tackle my sophomore year and my career really took off. I hope to get a little bit taller so that I can play tackle in college. I realize that I might have to play guard, but I hope that I can play offensive tackle because I feel that is the best position for me."

Walton can bench 295 pounds, squats 515 and he posted a 25-inch vertical jump. Walton plays on the hoops squad and throws the shot (43'11) and discus (140) in track.

Walton went to the Penn State and Maryland camp before his sophomore year, and then last summer he went to the same camps again. He also participated in the Elite College Combine in New Jersey and he went to the combine at Virginia Tech. Walton also went up to Penn State Maryland's junior days.

At this point, he has been offered by 35 different schools and he admits that recruiting is a bit overwhelming at times.

"It is flattering that so many different schools have offered me, but also a bit unbelievable," said Walton. "I am looking at Georgia, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Penn State, Florida, Florida State and Nebraska as my front-runners right now. But to be honest, nothing is set for me and that list could change.

"I have talked to a coach at Oklahoma and he gave me some good information on their academics, and they has good academics. They played for the National Championship last year and they have a lot of talent on their roster. Oklahoma is a great program and one that I want to consider."

Walton is still looking for his test score at this point.

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