The nation's top uncommitted prospect Jamal Walton has made his decision. Walton, who owns the US#1 400m time in the country at 45.42s is headed to . He picked the Aggies over a who's who of of colleges including Miami, Texas, Oregon, LSU, Florida, Arizona State, and USC.
The senior from Miramar HS in South Florida owns personal bests of 10.42 for 100m, 20.57 (200m), and became the second US high school athlete ever to dip under 45s for 400m when he ran 44.99 to win gold at the 2017 Pan Am-Junior Championships. The mark was also a junior class record.
Later that summer, Walton would make the trip to London for the World Championships where he represented the Cayman Islands. He finished third in the opening round to make the semifinals. Walton said afterwards it was a great experience.
There's not too much that can prepare you for this environment if you've never ran at this level," Walton said. "I just kept my emotions together and focused on running well."
At Texas A&M, he will join Pat Henry's squad that has finished 6th or higher at the NCAA Outdoor Championships every year since 2008. The Aggies won in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2013, and were runner-up last year behind Florida. They won the indoor championship in 2017 and were 5th in 2018.
"I felt comfortable going there and like it's the perfect school for me to be attending," he said. "Not only just athletically, but academically as well."
Add to their success in Walton's specialty, the quarter-mile, whether it be in the relay or individually with athletes like Fred Kerley, it seems like a natural fit.
"Fred Kerley is a beast and it's a blessing to be in the same position as him," he noted. Most guys look up to him because of what he has done for the program and guys like myself who are going to help get it even better."
Walton's last competition was the BCAA Championships on March 23. Next up will be the state series, where he is the defending state champion in both the 200 and 400m dash.
- 100m - 10.42
- 200m - 20.57
- 400m - 44.99