Tailback needs one more piece of information

Having taken official visits to both his leading schools, Jimtavis Walker should have all the information he needs to make his choice. Certainly the standout tailback would seem to have all the pieces of the puzzle in place. <br><br>All except one.

For now the Florida Gators remain his top choice, although Alabama is very much in contention. "I'll either go to Alabama or Florida," Walker said. "I'll probably make a decision four or five days before signing day.

"I'm trying to wait and see about the NCAA situation at Alabama."

Steve Spurrier's departure for greener pastures caused more than a few ripples among Florida fans, and it also affected the commitment of one Statesboro, Georgia running back.

Though time is growing short, Walker is still waiting to make his final decision.

Walker, whose last official visit was to Tuscaloosa, visited the Gators this weekend, and came away impressed. "The coaching staff at was honest with me, and the players were straight up and cool. They made me feel comfortable."

During his senior season, Walker rushed the ball 196 times for 1,578 yards and scored 28 touchdowns.

Contacted Sunday afternoon after he had returned from his official visit to Gainesville, the highly recruited running back said, "Coach Spurrier leaving opened up my options, but Florida is still number one with me."

While Spurrier's departure might have caused some rethinking on Walker's part, he said the commitment of star running backs Deshawn Wynn and Ciatrick Faison to the Gators doesn't concern him at all. "I love competition," he said. "I don't care if they recruited 50 running backs."

Walker is coached by former Tuscaloosa-area coach Buzz Busby. During his visit to Alabama, Walker was hosted by friend and former high-school teammates Jason Rawls.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Alabama has only four scholarships left to give, and it will be interesting to see how the limited grants are allocated position-wise.


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