Miami has been without junior running back Mark Walton since Oct. 7, the team’s fourth game of the season.
It now appears that was Walton’s final game in a Miami uniform.
Walton, who underwent season-ending surgery on his right ankle following the Hurricanes’ win over Florida State, has reportedly signed with agent Zac Hiller, meaning he intends to forego his senior season and enter the NFL Draft.
Miami RB Mark Walton, a junior who suffered a season-ending ankle injury in Oct., has signed with Zac Hiller of ZHS Sports and will declare for the 2018 #NFL Draft.
— Neil Stratton (@InsideTheLeague) November 28, 2017
Walton was brilliant in Miami’s first two games of the season. He rushed for 148 yards and two touchdowns in the team’s first game of the season, against Bethune-Cookman, then racked up 204 yards and a score on just 11 carries against Toledo. Walton injured his left ankle during that game, but still took the field against Duke and Florida State. It was during the fourth quarter of the win against the Seminoles that Walton injured his right ankle.
Prior to Walton’s injury, one NFL scout wrote “don’t sleep” about Walton’s draft stock and even compared Walton to Stanford running back Bryce Love. NFLdraftscout.com ranks Walton as the sixth-best running back available this year and currently projects him as a third-round pick.
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