Where does UGA stand with surging in-state DT Tramel Walthour?

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3-star DT Tramel Walthour has a couple of ties to UGA program. He picked up his UGA offer last month.

Tramel Walthour has drawn a lot of interest on the recruiting trail over the last month.

The big 3-star DT from Liberty County in Coastal Georgia has seen offers come his way over the last 21 days from Purdue, Georgia, Ohio State, Auburn, Arkansas and Tennesse.

Liberty County 3-star DT Tramel Walthour has seen his recruiting offers spike over the last three weeks. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

The whole month of May was good to Walthour. It started out with offers from Georgia State, Florida Atlantic and Western Kentucky. But then he closed it out with the likes of the big ones from the Bulldogs, Buckeyes, Tigers, Razorbacks and Volunteers.

It helps to line up with 6 feet and 4 inches on the growth chart. Being fairly nimble with 277 pounds on a strong frame is another plus.

Especially for a prospect with good talent who plays perhaps the game’s most important position. Every big-boy program in America would like to have 1-2 more good defensive line options on their roster.

Walthour ranks as the nation’s No. 46 DT for this year’s class but his stock seems to shot a good bit north of that territory over the last 30 days.

Walthour, a former teammate of 5-star freshman Richard LeCounte III at Liberty County, also camped at Georgia and Auburn over the past weekend.  Kirk Warner, his high school coach, was also a playmaker at tight end for the Bulldogs during the 1980s.

Those things, along with the in-state edge, gives the Bulldogs a good shot. But it won’t be that easy.

“I grew up a Georgia fan because that’s where I live,” he said. “Now that I’m getting recruited I’m just trying to see everything without looking at it like that.”

The position fit for him varies. It could be anywhere on the defensive line. He feels comfortable at tackle or out on the edge at defensive end.

He enjoyed his camp visit to UGA. It was good that he got the chance to work out for the coaches. Walthour told SEC Country that he’s been visited the Bulldogs more than any other program.

“I just like the atmosphere,” he said.

Look for Walthour to make his college choice sometime this fall.

“I think I want to make it late in the season or midseason,” he said.

The nation’s no. 629 overall prospect per the 247SportsComposite had a good showing at the Rising Seniors event back in December. He flashed good size and agility.

It seemed likely that these big SEC and Power 5 offers would eventually be there for him. What is he looking for?

“Just the place I feel at home,” he said. “I want to go see some other schools and everything to see what fits me best.”

Tramel Walthour on his other options

Walthour just took his first trip to Auburn for Big Cat Weekend. He enjoyed the trip, the fun activities and got a good perspective on the campus.

Tramel Walthour grew up a UGA fan but told SEC Country that he can’t look at his decision in that way. (Jeff Sentell / SEC Country)

The family atmosphere? Yeah, he told SEC Country’s Ben Wolk he felt that, too. When the Tigers offered last week, it drew a favorable reaction.

“I was excited,” he told Wolk. “It’s one of the top schools, asking you to come play for them. That’s always nice.”

The position fit for him varies. It could be anywhere on the defensive line. He feels comfortable at tackle or out on the edge at defensive end.

He’s also taken trips to Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Southern and Kentucky at this time.

The Ohio State offer will matter. Former Liberty County All-American Raekwon McMillan went to play up in Columbus and had a great career there before being picked by the Miami Dolphins in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Walthour wasn’t able to distinguish which school was recruiting him the hardest at this time.

“I really couldn’t say one school,” he said. “The schools I said before — Georgia and Kentucky — and then a few other schools have reached out to me.”

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