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Walthour had an offer list in the double digits that included the likes Auburn, Ohio State, and Tennessee, among others, but the big man could not resist the allure of his in-state Georgia Bulldogs.

Coach Kirk Warner and his Liberty County squad set several team milestones two seasons ago. The Panthers finished with their most wins (11) in school history; they also claimed the school’s first Region Title. Over that stretch Liberty County went (19-6), which is by far their best two year span since the schools inception.

It was not easy to replace record setting signal caller Jaalon Frazier and four-year superstar Richard LeCounte. Frazier accounted for 4,128 yards and 56 touchdowns while LeCounte racked up 1,636 all-purpose yards hitting pay dirt 21 times while being the team’s second leading tackler.

The Panthers needed to rely on an experienced defensive unit that returned five of its nine leading tacklers. One of the defenders that Coach Warner and his staff counted on to lead the next batch of young players was three-year starting defensive tackle Tramel Walthour. Over the previous three seasons he had recorded 137 tackles and 23 TFL’s.

The 6-foot-3, 270-pound monster saved his best performance for his senior year. He racked up 81 tackles, seven sacks, 12 TFL's and an interception.

“He is the total team player that stays positive at all times,” Warner says. He is a great kid that leads through example and he is a good student with his best years ahead of him.”

Walthour had an offer list in the double digits that included the likes Auburn, Ohio State, and Tennessee, among others. However, ultimately the big man could not resist the allure of his in-state Georgia Bulldogs, signing with Kirby Smart's program on National Signing Day.

“Once he learns to play at a high level on every snap he will be unstoppable,” Warner says.

Big bodied athletes like Walthour are the hardest types of prospects to find. Smart, at Georgia, has made it abundantly clear that he wants to -- and will -- win in the trenches. Walthour will help them to do just that.

Walthour realizes his ability is to hunker down while anchoring both sides of the ball will lead to success on the gridiron and open more doors at the collegiate level.