Hard-hitting linebacker who came on strong as the 2014 season unfolded, positioning himself as the probable starter at WILL linebacker entering the fall... named the Most Improved Linebacker in the spring by the Gamecock coaching staff for the second-straight spring... has made six career starts.
2014: Played in all 13 games making six starts... ranked third on the squad with 61 tackles of which 38 of those came in the final five games... made first career start in the season opener against Texas A&M... collected six tackles and first career fumble recovery at Kentucky... recorded seven tackles against Furman in his second start of the season before leaving with a concussion... recorded 11 tackles in a start versus Tennessee to set a career high, then one-upped it with 12 tackles at Florida, tying for the most tackles by a Gamecock in 2014... came up big in the Independence Bowl win over Miami with 1.5 tackles for loss and a pass interception... regarded as the Most Improved Linebacker during the 2014 spring drills... also selected by the coaches as the Most Improved Freshman on the defensive side of the ball.
2013: True freshman linebacker who saw action in all 13 games... credited with eight tackles... also notched a quarterback hurry... logged a pair of tackles in the win over Mississippi State.
HIGH SCHOOL: Played linebacker at Bayside Academy in Daphne, Ala., graduating in 2013... helped the Admirals to a 7-5 record as a senior... logged 122 tackles and three blocked punts during his final season... coached by Phil Lazenby... regarded as a three-star prospect, the No. 20 player in the state of Alabama and the 21st-best inside linebacker in the nation by Rivals... a three-star recruit and the No. 46 middle linebacker in the country according to Scout... considered a three-star prospect, the 21st-best player in the state and the 39th-best inside linebacker in the country by 247Sports... named All-Southeast Region by PrepStar... originally committed to Penn State... also officially visited Auburn, Tennessee and Minnesota.
PERSONAL: Jonathan Walton was born September 20, 1994... is pursuing a degree in criminal justice.