Buford (Ga.) running back Darius Walker has added four new scholarships to his plate entering the month of May.
“I’ve had a couple of new ones here in the last week or so,” he said. “LSU, Oklahoma State, Arkansas and Duke have offered me now. I’ve got nine offers.”
Coming off an all-state junior season which saw him rush for 1,986 yards and 26 touchdowns, Walker (5-11, 195, 4.4) had previous offers from Nebraska, Notre Dame, Stanford, Maryland and Navy.
The offer from the Razorbacks is significant because his father, Jimmy Walker, was an All-American defensive tackle for Arkansas in the late 70s. He also has an uncle, Hugh Jernigan, who played for the Hogs.
“It’s kind of cool to be recruited by the school where you’re family has such strong ties,” Walker said. “I know they’re really happy that I’ve got a scholarship offer from Arkansas.”
And how does he feel about it?
“They’re on my list,” Walker said. “I’m going to check them out and see how it fits me. My dad is real good about that. I’m sure he’d like me to go there, but he’s letting me be my own man and make my own decisions.”
Regarding LSU, Walker said: “I like them. I go to watch them quite a bit last season. They’ve got a strong program right now, and I like the way they use their backs in that offense.”
He’s also receiving heavy attention from the likes of Georgia, Miami, Florida State, Alabama and Georgia Tech.
Walker says he’s got no clear-cut favorite, although he admits he grew up a big fan of Nebraska.
“I’m just taking it all in right now,” he said. “I’m interested in all of these schools who have shown enough interest to offer me. I’ve just got to try and start deciding where I may want to go visit. It’s kind of a hard decision right now.”