Name: HUDSON WALTON
School: Cedarburg High School – Cedarburg, WI (Coach Brian Leair)
Vitals: Outside Linebacker (#43). 6’1″ – 200.
Offers: D2 offers. Various interest from FCS schools.
Walton is probably the most celebrated running back that UND has ever signed, even though he is more than likely going to be a linebacker in college. Walton rushed for 1,964 yards and 29 TD’s in his senior season for the Bulldogs, falling just short of an unbelievable 5,000 yards in his career. Walton was the hammer in the Bulldogs double-wing/Wing-T offense and we are not ruling out a move to fullback in the future. With some size he could be a very effective fullback. He showed the physicality and athleticism to be able to catch an occasional pass in the flat, besides the usual blocking duties.
Walton shows decent speed on film but his biggest attribute is toughness. He seems like a real “lunch-pail” type of kid who is going to give it everything he has, every play, and not expect anything to be given to him. Walton also has good feet, agility, and vision, which will serve him well at either OLB or FB. It will be interesting to see how he transitions to the outside linebacker position in college, given he is known by most as a big-time all-state running back.
Walton was named Wisconsin All-State First-Team as a running back by multiple publications. He was also honorable mention as a linebacker and was the WSN Preseason #22 ranked player in WI.