Arkansas still alive for Darius Walker

Georgia star and son of former Razorback Jimmy Walker still has dad's team alive as one of six teams he is considering.

There are three schools that know they are getting visits from Georgia stud running back Darius Walker and now just three left to get the final two.

Walker, a 5-11, 180-pound speedster who boasts 4.3 speed in the 40-yard dash, has already set official visits to Stanford (Jan. 9-11), the University of Southern California (Jan. 16-18) and Notre Dame (Jan. 23-25).

"Those are visits he has has set up for about four months now," notes Jimmy Walker, Darius' dad and a former University of Arkansas defensive star. "He will take two more visits from Arkansas, Georgia Tech and Miami. He'll take one on Jan. 30 and then the other one will be during the week."

The younger Walker, named the Atlanta Constitution Journal Player of the Year, rushed for 2,406 yards and 46 touchdowns for Buford High this season while leading his team to a 15-0 record and its third straight Class AA state title.

Walker was also named the Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Georgia as well as a finalist for the Watkins Award, which is given annually to the top African-American male high school senior scholar-athlete in the country.

The Watkins Award recognizes the best combination of elite athletic accomplishments bundled with top-end scholastic record and community involvement.

"We are very proud of Darius for what kind of person he has become both on and off the field," Walker said. "I am a proud dad."

The elder Walker and his son, who visited Arkansas unofficially back in November, are both glad that Razorback head coach Houston Nutt stayed instead of taking a reported $2.5 million per year to go to Nebraska.

"Certainly we couldn't have blamed him for taking that money, but I'm sure he got a nice big raise to stay as well," Walker said. "But Houston belongs in Arkansas and we are certainly glad he stayed. He's doing a great job there. He said he's got some unfinished business there and I know he is out trying to get the players to make sure that happens."

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