Liberty County High School football player Tramel Walthour signed his letter of intent Wednesday morning to play football for the University of Georgia Bulldogs.
Flanked by friends, family and fellow football players, Walthour said the day was dream come true.
He had 138 solo career tackles and 80 assists in 45 games played as a Panther. Walthour notched 35 tackles for loss of yards.
He had 10 career sacks, two interceptions, three fumble recoveries and deflected two passes.
Walthour started playing varsity in his freshman year at Liberty County.
According to 247 Sports, Walthour had offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Chattanooga, Florida Atlantic, Georgia State, Kansas State, Ohio State, Purdue, Samford, Tennessee, Wake Forest, Western Kentucky, Alabama, Clemson, Florida and Kentucky.
But the 6-foot, 4 inch, 260 pound defensive tackle said playing for UGA was his dream since he started playing recreation football at the age of 7.
“It was a very easy decision for me,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to go to that school.”
Walthour verbally committed to UGA Sept. 18. With the letter signed he said he plans to hit the weight room.
“I want to go up there and work as hard as I can,” Walthour said, vowing he will do “everything I can to help the team win.”
He added he is looking forward to playing alongside his former teammate, Richard LeCounte.
Walthour’s father Tracy White and mother, Tracee Walthour, said they are thrilled for their son.
“My heart is still pounding for him,” Tracee Walthour said.
“We always thought there was a possibility,” White said. “He came up playing football and has always loved Georgia. We kept him in sports all the time and we knew eventually it would pay off.”
“I tell him that all the time as well as staying around positive people,” Tracee Walthour said. “If you stay around positive people good things are going to happen.”
Walthour plans to study sports medicine or sports management and said he would like to play in the NFL one day.