With nearly thirty scholarship offers to date, Woodland Hills (PA) corner Darrin Walls is easily one of the more sought after defensive backs prospects in the country. Despite the enormous amount of attention from some of the top programs in the country, Walls has been able to separate two from his list as leaders of the pack. The Michigan Wolverines held an early lead in his recruitment and were among the first to offer the talented prospect a scholarship. However, a visit to Notre Dame a few months back moved the Irish up in a big way and established them as a co-leader.
Accompanied by his dad, Darrin Sr., Walls set out on a trip this past weekend to visit both schools in hopes of finding out even more about the two storied programs. "We went to Notre Dame first," Mr. Walls said. "It was nice. We went through admissions and talked to some people about accounting because that is what he is taking up. We also toured the campus and talked to all of the coaches."
One of the major selling points for the Irish has been their depth chart. New Irish headman Charlie Weis reiterated to Walls that there is an opportunity for him to come in and make an immediate impact. This marked the second time the Walls' sat down with the former New England Patriots assistant, but it was nonetheless enjoyable. "It was nice," Mr. Walls said. "He told him, just like the last time, that his scholarship will be waiting until the last day. Whenever he is ready."
After the daylong visit in South Bend, the Walls' hit the road for Ann Arbor. "We drove into Michigan Sunday night at about 11," Mr. Walls said. "We planned on staying in a hotel in South Bend, but we got into the car and drove to Michigan so we wouldn't be so tired during the day. We did the same things there basically. We met with Coach Carr and he just told him that he will definitely have the chance to play if he came to Michigan."
The trip gave Mr. Walls the chance to sit down and have a conversation with Michigan defensive backs coach Ron English for the first time, and he came away very impressed. "Coach English was right there most of the day," Mr. Walls said. "We sat down with him and he talked about Darrin being able to come in and play right away. He said Darrin has good hips and has the ability. He seems like a good coach and seems to really care about his players. He does a real thorough job."
Getting a chance to speak more in depth with the coaching staffs was certainly beneficial, but Mr. Walls was especially hoping for the chance for his son to speak with a few players. One school was able to provide him with that opportunity, while the other was not. Still, Mr. Walls indicated that both visits went well and that, (in his opinion), neither school moved up or down the list. "It's about the same," Mr. Walls said about the standing of the respective schools after the visits. "We sat down and talked to all of the coaches, but I wanted him to get to meet some players and talk to them before he makes his official visits. We talked to both Ryan Mundy and Steve Breaston. I think they made a special trip over to see him. There were only a few players at Notre Dame. I was hoping he would get a chance to sit down and talk to a couple, but that didn't happen."
The two unofficial visits only marks the beginning of what will be a very busy summer for Walls. He will be tripping to a number of campuses… including a return visit to South Bend. "He'll be going to a camp at Notre Dame with his team," Mr. Walls said. "They're going to Notre Dame, Youngstown, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, and Georgia Tech."
GoBlueWolverine will have more from Darrin himself very soon.