Walton schedules official to S. Carolina

South Carolina continues to come on strong after Penn State commit Jonathan Walton and visited him again today at Daphne (Ala.) Bayside Academy.

The three-star linebacker said in a text message that he's also scheduled an official visit to South Carolina on Jan. 18. The Gamecocks previously visited Walton a day before the dead period started.

He currently remains committed to Penn State.

Walton was one of four recruits to commit on Dec. 9 during their official visits, and he's the third linebacker in Penn State's class. If he chooses to commit to the Gamecocks, he would become their fifth backer.

In a Q&A with NittanyNation last month, Walton said he didn't think he'd commit elsewhere, because he liked the fact PSU wanted him as a Plan-A recruit, while other schools -- such as Ole Miss and Mississippi State -- clearly were looking at him as more of a Plan B. Penn State defensive coordinator Ted Roof offered him early in the summer.