Bluff City Backer

Memphis Christian Brothers standout Chris Walker (6-2, 215, 4.6), one of the nation's best linebackers and one of the South's top prospects overall, will take an unofficial visit to Arkansas this Mother's Day weekend with his mom to check out the Razorbacks.

One of the nation's best linebackers is going to take in what the University of Arkansas has to offer this weekend.

Memphis Christian Brothers High School junior standout Chris Walker (6-2, 215, 4.6), who is being recruited by UA assistant Danny Nutt, will be in Fayetteville beginning Friday to look over the campus, the college and the Razorback football program.

"I have talked to Coach D-Nutt and he's got me excited about Arkansas and so my mom (Gloria Walker) and I just wanted to take a weekend and get up there and see what all they have to offer," Walker said Thursday night. "I know they played a lot of young players last season, which I like about their program, and I am anxious to see how much better they get this year. I think they are going to have a great year."

There is a long line of suitors joining Arkansas for the Bluff City star, who also has offers from Notre Dame, Michigan, Miami, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Memphis, Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Louisville, Clemson and OIe Miss just to name several.

The 3.0 student has already taken unofficial visits to Alabama, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Kentucky, Louisville and Ole Miss.

He'll be in Fayetteville on a weekend when the school is hosting the SEC Outdoor Track meet, graduation and the Arkansas High School state baseball and fastpitch softball state championships.

"I want to get to visit Arkansas this weekend and I am going to visit Notre Dame, Michigan and Miami this summer," Walker said. "I don't have any real favorites right now. My mom and I are just really researching everything and checking all these schools out. I really just kind of flattered that all these schools care about me so much, but I am just trying to take it in stride."

Walker was an all-state pick last year after a junior season in which he 83 tackles, 10 of those which were for lost yardage with four of those being sacks. He also caused a whopping 9 fumbles.

"I am real long, can really run and get to the ball and make a lot of plays," Walker said. "My coaches say I have a nose for the football. I need to get little stronger, but that's what I am working on."

Christian Brothers got to the Division II state championship game before falling to Memphis University High 31-27 to cap a season that will be remember more for a tragedy than their success.

That tragedy was the loss of fellow starting linebacker Chris Mosby, a Division I prospect who had visited Arkansas and Kentucky, in a tragic car accident that took his life.

"It was so hard for me to deal with because Chris and I were great friends and had known each other since we were eight years old," Walker said. "He was a great football player, but an even greater person. I was dealing with a lot of pain myself, but I tried to be there for the younger guys as well."

Ideally Walker will go to college somewhere close to home, but that isn't going to be his deciding factor.

"It certainly would be nice for my friends and family if I went to Memphis or Arkansas or somewhere close that they could come see me play," Walker said. "I will certainly take that into consideration, but I can't say it will be the biggest thing for me. The biggest things are going to be my education and where I could best help a football team."

Arkansas has told him that it wants a 2007 linebacker who would be ready to get on the field right away.

"That's exciting for me and certainly has my interest when I think about Arkansas," Walker said. "They have got a lot of good, young talent right now and I think they are headed up with their program."

Christian Brothers moves Walker around on the field so he may line up one play on the left, another in the middle and a third on the right.

"They just try to put me in the best position to make plays," Walker said "They have told me they are going to put me in the middle most this season."

Walker, who lines up at tight end on offense, has a frame that could easily put on weight up to 240 or so.

"I think that adding strength and some weight would just make me that much better and let me have more pop when I meet the ballcarrier," Walker said. "I like the contact."

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