With the new coaching staff, a lot of emphasis was put on expanding the Penn State recruiting brand into the South and grabbing commits where the Lions normally don't succeed.
Using his Southern roots at Auburn, etc., defensive coordinator Ted Roof snagged linebacker Jonathan Walton out of Alabama.
Walton, a 2-star (per Rivals) prospect, wasn't heavily recruited with the likes of Minnesota, Arkansas St. and Louisiana Tech going after the Daphne, Alabama native.
However, adding depth at the college level is never a bad thing, especially when it's linebackers going to Penn State.
Even though the ratings may not indicate it, Walton has a lot of potential.
Walton was recruited as a linebacker, but also played running back in high school and showed his strength by dragging defenders along with him.
The Lions are pretty stacked right now at linebacker with the presence of 2013 commits Issah and Brandon Bell, along with Ben Kline, T.J. Rhattigan, Nyeem Wartman and expected starters Carson and Hull.
While Walton may not garner much playing time in 2013, look for him to be a project for Roof and make his impact in due time.