By Keith McGonigle.
2011 linebacker verbal commit Colton Walls continues to impress in his senior season. Colton led the Charlotte Latin High School to a 17-14 win over Providence Day. The standout middle linebacker and captain of the defense led the team with 17 tackles, 3 for loss and a sack.
What might be most impressive was that they were going up against Josh Covington a very good running back for Providence Day. “Covington had 100 yards in first half but after that, we held him to just 10 yards on 8 carries,” said Colton.
What does Colton, who has been watching the games and was at the Miami game, think of the Tigers and the linebacker play?
“I think they are playing pretty well, but they have been on the wrong end of some bad calls by the refs. I feel like they will be fine if they keep doing what they have been doing and keep working hard. The one person I watch when Clemson plays is number 20, Brandon Maye. I know he had a pretty good game against UNC, he made some good plays and big hits.”
The 6’2” 230 lbs linebacker who runs a 4.7 says he still has a lot to work on before arriving at Clemson, “I want to get faster, better hip flexibility so I can be better in the pass drops. I am pretty good at explosion; I can power clean 275 lbs 5 times but need to work on my broad jump (10 feet) and vertical jump (30 inch).”
Most players turn to a coach or former players for advice when it come to football, Colton has to look no further than his dad, Wesley Walls, a 5-time pro-bowl tight end who played for the Panthers and Saints.
“My dad is really good at critiquing me. Being a former tight end, he has watched tons of tape of opposing linebackers and can point out their weaknesses. He can tell everything a linebacker does’ wrong, so he helps me out a lot when he watches me. He is really quick to point out areas I can improve.”
Colton says he is doing well in school, and when he is not playing football or doing school work, he likes to play guitar, and go fishing.