PSU Nike: DB's Myron Rolle and Darrin Walls

As is often the case at the high school combines, the climactic event was the QB/WR/DB drills. At the PSU Nike, the event was especially interesting for Michigan fans, with top U-M recruiting targets at all three positions: DBs: Myron Rolle and Darrin Walls. WRs: Dorin Dickerson, Vidal Hazelton, Wesley Lyons. TEs: Dedrick Epps. QBs: Pat Devlin, Jeremy Ricker. In this story we focus on defensive backs Rolle and Walls.

First DB Myron Rolle, the true 6-2, 210-pound defensive back from The Hun School in Princeton, New Jersey.

Rolle ran a 4.61 sec. 40 during the day, electronically timed. And in the QB/Wr/DB drills it was obvious that his game is physicality. He simply manhandled the wideouts he went up against in the drills, prompting the DB coach on the field to plead with him time and again not to hurt anyone.

GoBlueWolverine spoke to Myron and his older brother on and off several times during the day. Nothing has changed as far as his recruitment -- he has made unofficial visits to Michigan, Miami and Oklahoma, and still has a trip back to Florida to make to visit FSU and Florida. We asked him when he planned to make his FSU/Florida trip, and he answered, "It'll have to be in June. In May college coaches are on the road."

And, as far as when he plans to return to Michigan?

"Well ... I won't make an official visit there; I won't be making official visits. I'll go to Michigan again ... ... (he grins and puts his tongue firmly in his cheek) ... when I commit there." He looked down, smiled, and added, "... if I decide to go there of course."

As most of the recruiting world knows by now, Rolle has already visited U-M, Oklahoma and Miami, and plans to graduate in December and enroll in college in January. The 4.0+ student plans to to go medical school.

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Next, the guy who Michigan fans would love to see in the U-M backfield someday with Rolle: CB Darrin Walls from Woodland Hills High School in the Pittsburgh area (the alma mater of Steve Breaston and Ryan Mundy).

Walls ran a 4.6 sec. 40 (once again we'll repeat, electronic timing adds .1 to .2 sec. to a hand-held 40 time). He measured a true 6-1, and weighed 180 lbs. Walls was smooth, a 'natural' CB, with an excellent back-pedal and cover skills. He and Rolle were arguably the top two DB's in attendance.

We spoke to Walls a couple times during the event. He told is that it was still "Notre Dame and Michigan" for him, although he was open to other schools as well. We also asked him when he'd make it up to Michigan for a visit again, since he'd visited Miami and Notre Dame recently. "I'll definitely make a visit to Michigan, either next month or, most likely, during the summer. I don't know that I'll actually attend the Michgian Camp, but I'll visit for sure."

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One other note: there were numerous college assistant coaches in attendance at the combine, from all over America (former Wolverine Doug Mallory was in attendance from LSU, there was an FSU coach there, etc.) ... well over 50 in all. The most visible coaching contingent there, based on numerous comments overheard from those in attendance ... Michigan's. The Wolverines sent four coaches to the combine, more than any other school. And you can bet that there were eight U-M eyes on Myron Rolle and Darrin Walls during the QB/WR/DB drills.

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GBW took lots of photos during the day, and will put them up in the next day or so (because weather moved the combine into PSU's indoor facility the lighting was poor for photography {the same thing happened at the Virginia Tech Nike}, but we will print those that came out fairly well).

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