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UGA Nabs Liberty County Standout

By Barry Every
SouthernPigskin.com
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The Bulldogs have dipped back into Hinesville (Ga.) Liberty County gaining a verbal commitment from 6-foot-4, 270-pound defensive lineman Tramel Walthour.

“He’s a big guy that can run and uses his hands well. He is listed as a three-star, but he is better than that."
~Liberty County Head Coach Kirk Warner

Last year Georgia Head Coach Kirby Smart and his staff out-recruited a plethora of Power-5 schools, when they signed 5-Star Phenom Richard LeCounte. Well, the Bulldogs have dipped back into Hinesville (Ga.) Liberty County gaining a verbal commitment from 6-foot-4, 270-pound defensive lineman Tramel Walthour.

Walthour had Power-Five offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Kansas State, Ohio State, Purdue and Tennessee at the time of his commitment. He actually went public at 12:55 am this morning, via twitter. “Blessed to say that I am 100% committed to the University of Georgia,” Walthour tweeted.

This marks the second player south of the gnat-line to recently commit to the Dawgs. Last week Fort Valley (Ga.) Peach County wide out Kearis Jackson made his intentions known by choosing Georgia.

Last year as a junior Walthour racked up 65 tackles, 14 TFL’s, six QBH’s, three sacks and 2 PBU’s in leading the Panthers to their best season in school history (11-2). Through three games his senior season he has recorded 15 tackles, three QBH’s and one TFL.

What are the Bulldogs getting in Walthour? Well film shows they are getting an extremely athletic interior defensive line prospect that can slide off blocks and chase down ball carriers. He plays with good pad level and understands the importance of using his hands as weapons. There is even a chance he could play some defensive end in Georgia’s 3-4 defensive front.

The recruiting industry has rated him as a high level three-star commit. According to Rivals.com Walthour is currently ranked #51 in the state while 247Sports has him ranked #62.  In the SouthernPigskin.com 2018 South Georgia Rankings, Walthour comes in at #20 out of 110 prospects. 

Coach Kirk Warner, a former Bulldog himself, really thinks Georgia has gotten a hidden gem in Walthour. “He’s a big guy that can run and uses his hands well. He is listed as a three-star, but he is better than that,” Warner said. “I think he will be groomed as a 3-technique that can easily play at around 300-pounds, his fame can definitely hold that weight.”

Though the Panthers are off to a (1-2) start they are still considered the favorites in GHSA Region 2-AAA, but it won’t as easy as last year. That’s why it is pivotal for Walthour to fill the leadership role held vacated by the graduation of LeCounte and record setting signal caller Jaalon Frazier. Bulldog fans can follow their latest commitment in action this Friday night at Savannah (Ga.) New Hampstead.

We hope to have quotes from Walthour, either later today or tomorrow, on why he chose Georgia as his final destination.