|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.