Seminole's Brandon Walton isn't soft and cuddly any longer
When Seminole coach Chris Miller first saw Brandon Walton as a sophomore, he never thought he would watch him sign a college scholarship. Not only did Walton sign on Wednesday, but he signed with Division I-A Florida Atlantic.
“When I first met him he was a teddy bear," Miller said. “But by the end of his sophomore year it just kind of clicked and he became a weight room fanatic. He’s gotten better and better. He’s a big lineman, but he’s also an athlete. He can move. I really think he can play in the pros someday."
The last Seminole football player to sign a Division I-A scholarship was D’Qwell Jackson in 2001. Jackson played at Maryland and is now in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts.
Walton, who is 6 feet 4, 300 pounds, admits he was a little soft as a sophomore. But in his final two years of high school he decided to take the sport seriously as a way to get into college.
“I heard some coaches say that I could become a college football player and once I heard that I knew it was time to turn it up," Walton said. “It really clicked from there. And then I started to get some attention last spring so I worked even harder."
Walton played mostly offensive tackle for the Warhawks as a senior. He will likely play offensive guard at Florida Atlantic.
He took only one official visit during his recruiting process, Florida Atlantic. That was on Dec. 8. Walton said he thought about taking a visit afterward to Miami, but when he returned from his FAU visit he made up his mind.
“After I went to Boca Raton I didn’t need to take any other visits," Walton said.