Milford Coach Talks Walton, McCoy

Get the lowdown on the Penn State-bound offensive lineman and the latest on the top running back prospect, both of whom played for Milford Academy in New Berlin, N.Y., during the 2006 football season.

The coach at Milford Academy, a prep school in New Berlin, N.Y., Bill Chaplick has two prospects who are interested in Penn State. One is definitely bound for Happy Valley; it is just a matter of when he arrives. The other is still trying to figure out if the Nittany Lions are for him and vice versa.

Offensive guard J.B. Walton signed with Penn State last February, but academic issues prevented him from enrolling in the fall. The product of Lackey High in Indian Head, Md., went to Milford to work on his grades and his game.

According to Chaplick, Walton did just fine with the latter.

“He played great for me,” the coach said. “He was our starting left guard and he just had a great year. We averaged 30 points per game and we had the No. 1 running back in the country, Greg Cooper. [Walton] was just a force blocking.”

Chaplick added that the biggest adjustment for Walton was, “being away from home for the first time and playing with 19 other [Division] I-A players and playing at the college level. But he just naturally stepped it up.”

Walton will find out in December where he stands academically. He will take the SAT then and should know if he achieved a qualifying score by the end of the month. The results of the test will impact whether he enrolls at Penn State in January or if he must wait until the summer semester.

“We're waiting for his test scores and then we can make those decisions,” Chaplick said. “Before the end of the year, we'll know.”

The other prospect in question, of course, is talented running back LeSean McCoy. The Harrisburg, Pa., native has been keeping an extremely low profile of late and is not even tipping his hand to his current coaches.

“I don't know,” Chaplick said. “With LeSean, you never know. He's been [at Penn State for visits] the last two weeks. I know he's taken an official visit there [last year] and an official visit to Pitt. At this time, that's all I know.”

McCoy committed to Miami earlier this year but has since re-opened his recruitment. According to his coach, there is no rush to pick a school because McCoy will not be enrolling in January.

“He has to be here another semester,” Chaplick reported.


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