Woodland Hills (PA) star Darrin Walls may have seen the offers trickle in early in his recruiting process, but now the spigot is wide open and the scholarships are flowing in a steady stream. With twenty offers to date, and more sure to come, Walls has plenty of options. Lately he has hit the road to explore a few of them.
Walls recently took at trip to Miami and had a great time experiencing Miami Beach. Despite that, though, the Hurricanes did not make his top five. "The weather was real nice," Walls said. "Real nice! I saw Dwayne Wade while I was down there and Ashanti was down there too. They (Miami) haven't offered me though. The head coach hasn't looked at my tape yet. I'd say my top five at this point is Michigan, Notre Dame, Florida, Pittsburgh, and probably Penn State or West Virginia."
Michigan was among the first programs to extend an offer and the Wolverines have stayed persistently on Walls' trail throughout. Defensive backs coach Ron English has made no secret of how much he'd like to see the talented corner in the Maize and Blue. "I talked to Coach English for a while," Walls said of a recent conversation. "He's funny. It went pretty good. We talked about recruiting and how things were going. We talked about which schools I was liking and who he had to compete with."
The team Walls singled out as the primary competition for the Wolverines at this point in time was Notre Dame. A recent trip to South Bend really opened his eyes about the Irish. "That was real nice,' Walls said of his Notre Dame visit. "I didn't expect it to be that nice. I talked to Coach Lewis and Coach Weis about academics and playing time up there. They moved up after the visit. Before I went I was like, 'I don't know about them,' but now I'm pretty sure about them being in my top five."
When asked for if Michigan was still his leader, the Irish were again mentioned prominently. "Yeah they are," Walls said in response to whether the Wolverines were still atop his list. "But after the visit to Notre Dame, they are tied with Michigan on top."
Michigan assistant Ron English was in Walls' school on Monday, the first day the U-M coaches hit the road for the spring evaluation period, but a number of other programs will surely follow. GoBlueWolverine will have more on this talented prospect in the coming weeks.