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Tramel Walthour Anchoring Liberty’s Line

By Barry Every
SouthernPigskin.com
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One of the defenders that Coach Warner and his staff will be counting on to lead the next batch of young players is three-year starting defensive tackle Tramel Walthour.

Coach Kirk Warner and his Liberty County squad set several team milestones last season. The Panthers finished with their most wins (11) in school history; they also claimed the school’s first Region Title. Over the last two seasons Liberty County has gone (19-6), which is by far their best two year span since the schools inception.

Unfortunately it will be hard to replace record setting signal caller Jaalon Frazier and four-year superstar Richard LeCounte. Frazier accounted for 4,128 yards and 56 touchdowns while LeCounte racked up 1,636 all-purpose yards hitting pay dirt 21 times while being the team’s second leading tackler.

The Panthers will need to rely on an experienced defensive unit that returns five of its nine leading tacklers. One of the defenders that Coach Warner and his staff will be counting on to lead the next batch of young players is three-year starting defensive tackle Tramel Walthour. Over the last three seasons he has recorded 137 tackles and 23 TFL’s.

The 6-foot-3, 270-pound monster will be pulling double duty this fall. On top of playing along the defensive front he will be getting about 50% of the reps at offensive tackle.

“He is the total team player that stays positive at all times,” Warner says. He is a great kid that leads through example and he is a good student with his best years ahead of him.”

Walthour currently has offers from Central Michigan, Georgia Southern, Mercer, Old Dominion, UAB and Wake Forest. But let’s face it, that list will surely grow as quality defensive linemen are the most sought after bodies in all of college football.

“Right now I’m interested in any school that will give me a chance to play there,” Walthour says. “Right now I feel Georgia Southern and UAB are doing the most active job recruiting me. Coach Chad Lunsford at Georgia Southern and Jeremy Hawkins at UAB are staying in constant contact.”

Walthour has been able to attend two Junior Days to date. He has visited Kentucky, and admits that their weight room and academic staff is top notch. Georgia also made an impression since it’s close to home and the coaching staff does a great job watching over their current players.

On the camp circuit, Walthour has only attended the Rivals.com Three Stripe camp in Orlando. Right now he is planning his one-day college camp trips to places like Georgia, Georgia Southern and UAB. But he definitely plans to camp at several other colleges once the spring evaluation period ends.

His ability to make unofficial visits and camps was hampered a little by the fact that he was a member on one of the top GHSA-AAA basketball teams in the state. The center/power forward helped guide his team to (22-6/9-1) record and a place in the State Semifinals. There can’t be many basketball players in Georgia that can bench 335-pounds while maxing out at 465-pounds on the squat.

“Once he learns to play at a high level on every snap he will be unstoppable,” Warner says. He started to show that ability as a junior, but we will need it on every play this fall.”

Now that Walthour and his teammates have experienced what it’s like to win and go past the first round of the playoffs, keeping focused on the upcoming season is paramount.

“Yeah we loss Frazier and LeCounte, but we have some good young players coming up in the program,” Walthour says. We have a rising sophomore athlete by the name of Dionte Bowens that will be able to do some exciting things at quarterback. I just need to step up and be a leader for my team while trying to keep everybody focused on winning another Region Title.”

There is no doubt that Walthour’s performance and experience will go a long ways towards the Panthers success in 2017. In the meantime he plans on making sure he and his teammates continue to hit the weight room and keep their eye on the prize-another long run in the playoffs. Walthour realizes his ability is to hunker down while anchoring both sides of the ball will lead to success on the gridiron and open more doors at the collegiate level.