Buford (Ga.) running back Darius Walker has heard the advice from many sources.
“‘You need to start narrowing it down.’ That’s what everybody tells me,” he said in regard to a list of prospective schools and scholarship offers which has topped 20 of late. “But I don’t have it down to that point yet. I need to get out and see some of these campuses before I can do that. I hope to spend some time this summer visiting these schools with my parents.”
One of the top running back prospects in the South, Walker (5-11, 195, 4.4) has scholarship offers from the following: Arkansas, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Stanford, Florida, Duke, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Southern Cal, Oklahoma State, South Carolina, Navy, BYU, Air Force, Ole Miss and Mississippi State.
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“If I had to give you a list, I could tell you seven or eight right now that I’m taking a serious look at,” Walker said. “Michigan, Notre Dame, Nebraska, USC, Stanford, Arkansas, Maryland and Florida… in no particular order.”
What about the home state schools?
“I still get a lot of letters from Georgia, but not an official offer yet,” he said. “I’m very interested in them if they offer. Now that Georgia Tech has offered, I’ll be thinking about them, too. I know a lot of people at both of those schools, so that’s a plus if I decide to stay in state.”
Walker also noted that he’d be interested in Miami and Ohio State if they made the jump from calls and letters to official scholarship offers.
So he could actually be adding to the list.
“Yeah, I guess so,” he said with a laugh. “These are all great schools. It’s kind of hard.”
As a junior, Walker made life hard for opposing defenses, rushing for 1,986 yards and 26 touchdowns in leading Buford to the Class 2A state championship.
He is the son of former Arkansas All-American defensive tackle Jimmy Walker.