UA impresses Darius Walker

Former UA defensive star Jimmy Walker brings son Darius Walker - one of the nation's top tailbacks - to see his old stomping grounds.

It's pretty clear that if the University of Arkansas were re-recruiting former Razorback defensive star Jimmy Walker he would be ready to re-sign on the dotted line.

But it's Darius Walker, his 5-11, 180-pound son and talented tailback with 4.3 speed from Buford, Ga., that Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt and his staff have to get the signature on the letter-of-intent first.

"I'm giving him the Arkansas-is-so-great treatment," notes the elder Walker, who was a star defensive player for the Razorbacks back in the mid-to-late 1970s. "Our house is Razorback stuff all over the place.

The younger Walker got his first look at Fayetteville this weekend as he took an unofficial visit with his family and took in the Razorbacks' 52-6 whipping of Mississippi State before a crowd of 62,547 fans at Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

"I'd say that my first impressions of Arkansas were great," Walker said. "They played a great game, it was a very exciting one and it was great to see (current Razorback tailback) Cedric Cobbs get over 1,000 yards and all the love the people had for him to do that. We got a chance to tour the school a little bit and I'm really liking what I've seen."

The fact that Walker has already set up official visits to Stanford, Notre Dame and Miami, Fla., shows that he is not just looking at the athletic side of things.

"I am looking for a balance of academics and athletics," Walker said. "I don't want one to be too far above the other. But I also want to go to a school that has a chance to play for a national championship. I know that combination is kind of slim with some places, but I guess overall environment will also have something to do and the coaching staff as well."

Walker has now taken unofficial visits to Arkansas, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Alabama, Auburn, Kentucky and Florida State.

"I've been to a bunch of places and got to see a lot of things and this place (Arkansas) is as impressive as any of them," Walker said.

Walker has just two official visits left for the aforementioned schools.

"I think definitely Arkansas is one that I am really going to look into and probably will take an official visit and come back and get the full view," Walker said. "But honestly, that is something that I will sit down after we complete our season and take a look at."

Buford (11-0), which has won 41 consecutive games, rolled to a 56-6 win over Blessed Trinity in the opening round of the Georgia Class AA state playoffs on Friday night and advanced to a second round matchup with visiting Adairsville (9-2).

Walker had 172 yards and four touchdowns on just 11 carries, his last run coming with 11:03 left in the third quarter. He scored on runs of 10, 48, 7 and 25 yards.

He is over 2,000 this season for a team that he is trying to lead to a third straight state title.

"I am still working on everything," Walker said. "I don't think you can ever be too fast and I am working on getting stronger and my endurance."


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