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Education No. 1 for Rutgers Offeree Brandon Walton

Seminole (Fla.) three-star offensive lineman Brandon Walton committed to Florida Atlantic during a December official visits but plans could change after the new Rutgers football staff verbally offered him this week.

After Seminole (Fla.) three-star offensive lineman Brandon Walton "severed ties with other schools" with a December commitment to Florida Atlantic, Rutgers entered the picture in January after a scholarship offer.

Rutgers defensive line coach Shane Burnham, who recruited Walton while with Iowa State, offered Walton a scholarship.

"When I first got the offer, I thought my recruiting was mostly done, but I got excited when Rutgers offered because it's a really good academic institution," Walton said. "The main thing I know about them is their academics are very good up in the New Jersey area. I'm starting to look at what they're doing with football and it seems like a really good school. I'm excited to learn a little bit more."

Burnham offered Walton but did not yet set up an official visit to see the campus.

"I don't have any more official visits right now but I think I might add a date for Rutgers," Walton said. "I have to talk to my family first."

Walton visited and committed to FAU in December with proximity to home and education as factors.

"I like FAU because coach [Charlie] Partridge and that staff are really motivated," he said. "When I talk to them, they're clearly family-oriented and they care about their players. I hung out with the players and it's a home-like atmosphere. It's a little smaller in the Boca Raton area and they're focused on football. They have a lot of potential and I want to be a part of that."

If Walton visits Rutgers, it will be either the weekend of Jan. 22 or Jan. 29.

"I like the chance to be close to home but if I do decommit, it would be because of an academic standpoint and not football," Walton said. "Academics are very important for me."

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