High school linebacker Walton decommits from Penn State

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Penn State head football coach Bill O'Brien. (Nati Harnik/AP)

Linebacker Jonathan Walton, who had committed to Penn State last month after an official visit, has backed off his commitment, according to a report by Goupstate.com of South Carolina.

The 6-foot, 230-pound Walton, of Daphne, Ala., made an official visit last weekend to Tennessee, and has visits scheduled to Southern California and Auburn the next two weekends. He also has visited Minnesota.

“I feel indecisive,” Walton told Goupstate.com. “I’m just weighing them out right now. Penn State is still in the mix. I just want to make my choice and stick with it. I’ll waiting until (National) Signing Day (on Feb. 6) or after my last visit.”

Walton, rated two stars by recruiting web sites Scout and Rivals, visited Penn State on Dec. 8 and gave coach Bill O’Brien his decision the next day. Since then, he has received offers from four SEC schools – South Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi State and Auburn – along with Minnesota.

Walton’s decommit means that Penn State now has 12 high school players committed for its freshman Class of 2013. Under NCAA sanctions, the Nittany Lions may sign no more than 15 players for the class.

--Joe Juliano

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