Recruiting Updates: Brandon Smith, Darius Walker

A family source confirms that Euclid, Ohio, linebacker Brandon Smith has committed to Ohio State. Meanwhile, Georgia RB Darius Walker has a date with destiny in next week's state championship game at the Georgia Dome. has confirmed that Euclid, Ohio, linebacker Brandon Smith has issued a verbal commitment to Ohio State.

Smith becomes the 15th member of OSU's Class of 2004. He verbaled to OSU during his official visit this weekend, according to his brother. We will be working later this evening to touch base with Smith.

Meanwhile, OSU is hopeful of still scheduling an official visit with Buford, Ga., running back Darius Walker, whose senior season will continue for one more week.

Walker was scheduled to visit OSU last weekend, but had to cancel the trip as his team advanced in the Class AA state playoffs. Last night, Walker had 169 yards on 30 carries and a touchdown in his team's 42-13 state semifinal rout of previously unbeaten Decatur.

The touchdown, a 2-yard run in the third quarter, allowed the 5-11, 195-pound Walker to tie Herschel Walker's state record for touchdowns in a season with 45. Darius Walker has a chance to break that mark in the state title game against Charlton County (12-2) next Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Georgia Dome. His Buford team has won 44 straight games, including 14 this season.

"That is really special," Darius Walker said of tying Herschel Walker's mark. "Especially for me as a young back who idolizes him. It is neat to tie his record."

Walker, who now has close to 2,200 yards this year, his official visits set with Stanford Jan. 9, USC Jan. 16 and Notre Dame Jan. 23. OSU is among a host of schools working to get one of his two remaining visits.

"(OSU running backs coach Tim) Spencer has been here a number of times," Walker said. "I will probably set something up with them soon. Some of the other schools I am looking at include Miami (Fla.), Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas and Auburn.

"Coach Spencer is very personable. I know it is important to get along with your position coach because you spend a lot of time with him. I know about their running back situation. I am looking for someplace I can play early if possible."

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