|49 Masaddiq Walton|
Could make an impact as a key defensive reserve or top-tier special teams performer during first season on the Pirates’ active roster … Will open redshirt freshman campaign hoping to ascend the depth chart at the “will” outside linebacking position … Possesses strength numbers that rank among the best of all one or two-year players … Tallied a solo tackle during the first spring scrimmage on March 28 … Did not record statistics during second battle (April 11), but closed out drills with a pair of stops in the Purple-Gold Game on April 18 … Turned a few heads during the strength and conditioning testing period … Produced lifts of 360 pounds (bench press), 570 (back squat) and 272 (power clean) … Launched jumps of 35” (vertical) and 9’6” (broad).
2014: Spent true freshman season as a redshirt … Made valuable contributions as a defensive scout team performer, helping prepare offensive unit on a game-by-game basis … Officially signed with Ruffin McNeill’s program in February.
High School: Earned selection to the Virginian-Pilot’s First-Team All-Beach District squad as a junior and senior … An all-state honoree in 2013 as a team captain … A four-year letterman for coach Chris Scott at Ocean Lakes, a program which also produced current Pirate Demetri McGill (DL) … Helped Dolphins to a 12-1 record and state playoff appearance during senior year … OLHS advanced to the semifinals before falling 23-20 to Colonial Forge … Was a two-way player during prep career, lining up as a defensive end and offensive tackle … Was part of an Ocean Lakes squad that posted a 14-1 record in 2012 and an 8-3-1 mark in 2011 … Committed to the Pirates on Aug. 9 … Also recruited by Navy … Reportedly turned in a broad jump of 9’9”, a squat lift of 500 pounds, a bench press of 315 and a 40 time of 4.69 … Picked up additional letters in track (shot put).
Personal: Full name is Masaddiq Izhaar Walton … Born Jan. 25, 1996 at Virginia Beach, Va. … Son of Harvey and Cecilia Walton … An honor roll performer in the classroom … A health fitness specialist major … Cousin Bucky Hodges, who played at Virginia Beach’s Salem High School, is currently a tight end in the Virginia Tech program.