24 - D.J. Walton Position: Cornerback
Class: r-Freshman
Height: 5-9
Weight: 197
High School: Hylton H.S.
Hometown: Woodbridge, Va.
photo         A smart young player who made steady progress while redshirting last fall ... Got a look at both cornerback positions ... Showed improvement in the athletic performance program throughout the year ... Possesses a good work ethic ... His summer preparation and performance in preseason practice will determine his status for the upcoming season ...

2001: Practiced at the field corner position while redshirting in the fall ... Posted a 475-pound back squat during spring athletic performance testing ... Moved to boundary corner for spring practice ... Contributed a tackle in the annual Maroon-White game ...

High School: A prep All-America pick by SuperPrep, PrepStar, Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report and Student Sports ... Started three seasons as a defensive back and running back for Coach Bill Brown at Hylton ... Helped his team to a 41-2 record and two Group AAA championships over his three seasons ... During a regional championship win against Potomac in 2000, he posted four interceptions and 10 tackles on defense and piled up over 100 yards rushing and two touchdowns on offense ... Posted two long touchdown runs in the fourth quarter of Hylton's state championship win over Varina in 1998 ... Played in the first-ever National High School All-Star football game in Dallas and posted nine tackles ... A first-team pick on The Washington Post All-Metro squad as both a junior and senior ... Named first-team Group AAA all-state as both a defensive back and a running back by the state coaches ... Also selected the co-offensive player of the year in AAA by the coaches ... Picked first-team Group AAA as a defensive back by The Associated Press ... Named to George Michael's Golden 11 All-Star Team for the Washington Metro Area ... Was in on 97 tackles as senior and intercepted six passes ... Rushed for 711 yards and 16 TDs as a senior ... He also scored two touchdowns on pass receptions, two more on punt returns and another on a kickoff return ... Was listed the No. 19 DB in the nation and No. 10 prospect in Virginia by SuperPrep ... Rated the No. 3 athlete in the Atlantic Region and No. 27 overall player in the Atlantic Region by PrepStar ... Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report listed him the No. 151 player in the nation ... Ranked the No. 10 player in Virginia by The Roanoke Times ... Named honorable-mention All-South by Orlando Sentinel ... Had 104 tackles and five interceptions as a junior ... Rushed for over 3,000 yards during his career, including 1,172 as a sophomore ... Also lettered as a guard on the basketball team ...

Personal: David Lee Walton ... Born 10/19/82 in Macon, GA ... Son of David and Eva Walton ... His father played baseball at Valdosta State ... Enrolled in university studies.