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High school linebacker Walton decommits from Penn State

Linebacker Jonathan Walton of Daphne, Ala., who had committed last month to Penn State, has backed off his commitment to consider other schools.

High school linebacker Walton decommits from Penn State

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

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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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Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 20 years, covering college sports, golf and the Penn Relays.

Joining Joe this season will be John Stuetz, an intern for The Inquirer and senior at Penn State majoring in print journalism and marketing. This is John's third season covering the Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A native of Glenside, Montgomery County, John graduated from Cheltenham High School.

For Joe, this will be his fifth season on the paper's Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976 to 1984.

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