One of the top all-time 400m specialists in high school history is coming to Texas.
Miramar (FL) High senior Jamal Walton, perhaps the top remaining blue chip prospect of the class of 2018, signed with Texas A&M University on Monday less than a week after the National Letter of Intent regular period opened up for remaining track and field recruits.
Walton's credentials will immediately boost a collegiate program that has been known in recent memory to produce great quarter-milers.
Walton was deciding upon offers from Texas A&M, Miami, LSU, and Oregon. The Aggies, coached by the legendary Pat Henry, are considered one of the top short sprint programs in the country.
Last summer, Walton, who runs internationally for the Cayman Islands, produced the second-fastest high school 400m effort of all time at the Pan American Junior Championships, posting a time of 44.99 seconds, which qualified him for the 2017 World Outdoor Championships in London.
There, he qualified for the semifinals, posting his second- and third-fastest marks of all time by running 45.05 and 45.16 seconds. As a junior for Miramar, he also posted seven 200m efforts under 21 seconds, including a wind-legal career best of 20.57 seconds at the FHSAA Region 4A-4 Championships.
Walton is a two-time champion in Florida and won a title in the 400m at Brooks PR last summer. His range even dips down to the 100m, where he ran an all-conditions best of 10.42 seconds.
- Jamal Walton Profile