Junior to Watch: Darius “A’Dunte” Walker
School: Buford, Ga.
Position: Running back
Size and speed: Walker is 5-foot-11, 195 pounds. He has been timed in the 40-yard dash at 4.4 seconds, has a 300-pound bench-press, a 425-pound squat and a 38.5 inch vertical leap.
Honors: Walker earned about every honor that you could in Georgia. Along with helping Buford win back-to-back state titles, he earned all-county and all-state honors. He’ll be a serious candidate for the Rivals100 team, too.
Statistics: Walker has racked up more than 3,300 yards in his career and 45 touchdowns.
Favorite Schools: Walker lists a who’s who of teams on a national level – Notre Dame, Miami, Nebraska, Georgia, Alabama and Maryland.
Skinny: When talking about talent producing schools year after year if you fail to mention Buford, Ga., in the mix then you’d be sadly mistaken. For the past few years, the amount of talent the school has produced has been amazing and next in line is 5-foot-11, 195-pound running back Darius “A’Dunte” Walker.
Walker is one of the state of Georgia’s best bets for the Class of 2004. And the college coaches are already excited about his potential, and so is his coach, Dexter Wood.
“He’s a speedster with power,” Wood said about Walker, who has already set school records for most yards and touchdowns in a game. “He has great vision and cutback ability. He’s just a playmaker.”
Walker is one of those first-class kids that you want playing for your program. Off the field, he’s got a 4.0 grade-point average, is a member of the principal’s honor role, a class officer, a national honor society member and he mentors sixth grade students at church and in the community.
He almost sounds too good to be true.
But he is. Against Americus in the state championship game in the Georgia Dome, Walker went off with 221 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 26 carries.
When it comes time to make a decision, Walker said he’ll look at things like academics, school atmosphere and the coaches. He is also unsure of what camps he’ll be at this summer.