Walker Gets State Title, Touchdown Record

Buford, Ga., star wraps up high school career in fine fashion with state championship game victory and a record for touchdowns in a season.

Running back Darius Walker is enjoying his time right now as a bona fide local and statewide hero.

Walker helped Buford, Ga., win a third straight state championship Saturday with a 31-3 win over Charlton County. The win was Buford's 45th in a row, capping a perfect 15-0 season.

Walker (5-11, 195, 4.45) also made history in the victory, ripping off a 35-yard touchdown run with 10:01 left in the game. The score was his 46th of the year, setting a new Georgia state record and breaking the old mark held by Herschel Walker.

Yes, these are good times to be Darius Walker.

"It has been a fun few days," Walker said. "It has been exciting. It was a great season and it's nice to go out on a great note as state champions. It's a great feeling."

Much was made leading up to the championship game about Walker's quest to unseat that other guy named Walker. But with Buford nursing a 17-3 lead at the start of the fourth quarter, Walker still had not scored.

"To tell you the truth, I wasn't as worried about the record as I was with us just winning the game," he said. "If we had won, I would have been content. As it turned out, it was good for me."

Walker ended the night with 211 yards, giving him 2,408 yards for the season. That follows his junior year, when he had 1,986 yards and scored 26 touchdowns.

Walker had to cancel a scheduled official visit to Ohio State earlier in December because of the playoffs. OSU turned out in full force Saturday to observe Walker's crowning achievement as a high school player.

"(Running backs coach Tim) Spencer and Coach Tressel got a chance to come down to the game," Walker said. "I was glad I played well. It was a good showing."

Walker and Spencer have talked by telephone since the game and Walker said they are narrowing down potential visit dates.

"I just talked to Coach Spencer and we are trying to get the dates firmed up," Walker said. "I am definitely looking at that. It could possibly be at the end of January or we've talked about a midweek visit, too."

Walker has firm visit dates with Stanford Jan. 9, USC Jan. 16 and Notre Dame Jan. 23.

In addition to those three schools, he said he is also looking at "Arkansas, Miami (Fla.), Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia Tech and a few others in there."

Walker, ranked as the nation's 26th-best running back by theinsidersrecruiting.com, is also a strong student with a 4.0 GPA and an SAT score in excess of 1100.

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