Former Panthers TE's son commits to Clemson

July 14, 2010 

LB Colton Walls (6-2 230) of Charlotte, the son of former Panthers tight end Wesley Walls, committed to Clemson Wednesday becoming the 16th commitment for the Tigers 2011 class.

Walls picked Clemson over offers from Duke and Memphis. He also drew interest from North Carolina, Vanderbilt and Virginia.

"They liked my attitude and feel like I will bring a good attitude and good work habits to the program," Walls said. "Duke was pushing me to commit and I started thinking about committing in general and Clemson was my number one, so I decided to commit.

"I liked the atmosphere there and the coaching style," he said. "And I like their campus. Plus their traditions and facilities are unbelievable."

Walls will play inside linebacker for the Tigers.

"I'm not the best player right now," he said, "but coaches say with my work ethic and determination I'll be able to compete. I'm very coachable. They say I have great instincts, good feet and good hips."

Walls moved last season from the defensive line to middle linebacker and had 116 tackles with 7 sacks and 1 interception.

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