Darius Walker to visit Hogs on Jan. 30

One of the nation's best running backs and the son of a former Razorback All-American firms up an official visit to the University of Arkansas.

Arkansas coach Houston Nutt had an productive stay in Buford, Ga., Wednesday night during an in-home visit with highly-touted tailback Darius Walker.

The 5-foot-11, 195-pounder now says he'll visit Arkansas, putting an end to a season-long of speculation about whether the Razorbacks were a solid contender for his services.

"We're trying to get something set up for the 30th of January," Walker said. "I had Southern California scheduled on that day, but I think Arkansas, that would probably be the best time to go out there.

Contacted a litte later in the evening, former UA All-American defensive lineman Jimmy Walker confirmed his son would indeed visit Arkansas on Jan. 30.

"We've got it set up for Arkansas for Jan. 30 and so he will no longer visit USC on that date," the elder Walker said. "It was just a tremendous visit. Houston added a lot of clarity to the situation, brought stats as to where Arkansas stacked up among the nation's top rushing programs and just really wowed us."

It wasn't the first encounter with Nutt as Walker made an unofficial visit to see Arkansas' 33-28 loss to Florida on Oct. 18.

"I've been hearing about coach Nutt forever," Walker said. "My dad talks about him all the time and he's definitely pushing me towards Arkansas."

Walker was named the Gatorade and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Player of the Year in Georgia after rushing for 2,406 yards and 46 touchdowns as a senior. He's helped lead Buford to three consecutive state championships.

Walker visited Stanford last weekend and will head to Ohio State this weekend followed by Notre Dame on Jan. 23.

He'll also likely take an official visit during the middle of one of these remaining weeks to either Georgia Tech or Alabama.

"I just don't know for sure where I want to go right now," Walker said. "I think after the visits, I should have a clearer picture and be able to make the right decision."

Jimmy Walker said Arkansas has always been a part of the picture regardless of what some might have thought.

"They have always been a contender," Jimmy Walker said. "Arkansas has all the things that we are looking for - great academics, a great football program and a great family atmosphere. And Houston, and that's big."

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