Recruiting Spotlight: Walton's Big Three
There’s a reason Walton High School is the No. 15 team in the country, according to MaxPreps, and that’s because it’s loaded with college talent that have all been playing together for years. The Raiders are averaging 58 points per game this season and have held their last two opponents to single digits on offense. Walton has twelve players committed to D1 colleges with more to go by the end of the year.
Senior quarterback Jeremy Hecklinski caught the attention of Wake Forest head coach Dave Clawson early on and became the first Demon Deacon commit for the 2024 class. He’s also the only QB recruit in the class, and Hecklinski said coach Clawson wants him to be “their guy.” Before his commitment in December 2022, the 3-star prospect also had offers from UCF, Georgia Southern and Eastern Kentucky. Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Duke and Cincinnati were also interested.
During his junior season, Hecklinski passed for 3,520 yards and 37 touchdowns while also rushing for five more scores. That performance earned him the Region 5 7A Offensive Player of the Year honors.
The biggest leader on the Walton defense in senior linebacker Ashton Woods. He’s one of the best tacklers in the state and is committed to the University of North Carolina. Woods also received offers from schools like Georgia Tech, Georgia Southern, Kansas State, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami, Mississippi State, NC State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Pitt, Tennessee and Wake Forrest.
Find out more about these seniors, their recruiting processes and how they made their decisions in an interview with GPB’s Hannah Goodin:
The University of Georgia continues to load its offensive line for 2024 and landed another force in Walton offensive tackle Daniel Calhoun. Even though his dad played for Alabama, the Dawgs have been after Calhoun since he was in eighth grade. UGA was the first to offer Calhoun and it doesn’t hurt that Athens is only an hour drive from his home in Marietta. He chose the Dawgs over Alabama, Tennessee, Auburn and Texas.
The 6-5 365-pound senior is the No. 6 offensive tackle in the nation, and No. 17 overall player in the state, according to the 247Sports Composite.
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