During the past few years, Liberty County High School has produced top-notch Division I football players.
Running back Shad-rach Thornton, entering his senior year at North Carolina State, has been the Wolfpack’s top rusher for the past three seasons. Raekwon McMillan, who as a senior at LCHS in 2013 won the Butkus Award as the nation’s top high-school linebacker, had a solid freshman season for the national-champion Ohio State Buckeyes in 2014. And current Class of 2017 top prospect Richard LeCounte already has offers from schools such as Ohio State, Georgia and Florida.
Last week, a group of Ohio State scouts were on hand at LCHS to watch LeCounte in action during spring practice. However, according to a report on ohiostate.rivals.com, the Buckeyes also have turned their attention to Class of 2018 prospect Tremel Walthour, a defensive tackle for the Panthers.
Last season as a freshman, Walthour made 17 solo tackles, 10 assists, recovered a fumble and was active in nine varsity games.
Walthour, speaking with recruiting analyst Marc Givler, said he is interested in UGA — after all, he has grown up in Bulldog country — but added that he is open to any offers that might come his way.
“I like the University of Georgia,” he explained. “That is the team that I like to watch. I’ve been to one of their games, and that is the only school that I have been to so far.”
Walthour said LeCounte and McMillan inspire him to be successful.
“I really get a lot of motivation from them,” he told Givler. “It makes me work harder, seeing that they are going around to camps and doing a good job and getting offers, and it just makes me want to do better.”
Walthour said he didn’t get to share the field with McMillan but watched him play last year on television.
“He’s a great player,” he said. “I just really enjoyed watching him.”