Clemson picked up another verbal commitment on Wednesday when Charlotte Latin linebacker Colton Walls gave a verbal commitment to coach Danny Pearman and the Tigers. Wednesday afternoon Walls called coach Swinney to give him the good news.
“I have been thinking about it for a while. I went down to the beach. Duke was pressuring me to make a commitment so I was really thinking about where I want to go. I thought Clemson was at the top and that is where I wanted to go so I went ahead and called the coaches,” said Walls.
Former Carolina Panther star tight end Wesley Walls is Colton’s father.
Coach Pearman has built a strong relationship with the top linebacker.
“He came to school a couple of times. My first trip to Clemson I got lost and I called coach Pearman and he got me back there,” said Walls.
Coach Steele already had a strong relationship with the family.
“Coach Steele was a coach with the Panthers when my father played there,” said Walls.
A strong performance at the Dabo Swinney camp helped Colton earn the offer from the Tigers.
“I went down for the camp and I knew I had to put on a show. I go to a private school and a lot of people don’t respect the players there. I ran well, covered well, but most importantly I understood what they wanted me to do. I was coachable. I learned a lot from Coach Steele in just two days,” said Walls.
How firm is his commitment to the Tigers?
“I am 100 percent. I will be going to Clemson,” said Walls.
Duke and Memphis were the others to offer, but interest was growing quickly from schools like North Carolina, Vanderbilt and others.
Walls becomes the 16th commitment for the Tiger’s 2011 class.