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Woodland Hills (PA) cornerback Darrin Walls made the second stop on his official visit schedule when he stopped in Ann Arbor for Michigan's clash with Notre Dame this past weekend. Despite the loss, the four star prospect indicated that the Wolverines showed him a very good time. "It went real well," Walls said. "We went to a couple of cafes. I hung out with the players. I had already done a lot of tours so I didn't really need to do that. I got the academic presentation again. What really improved them for me was the game day atmosphere. That and the fact that they have the #3 business school in the country. I had a lot of fun. I think my parents liked it a lot too."
The Michigan connection to Woodland Hills is strong one with alums Steve Breaston and Ryan Mundy currently suiting up in Maize and Blue. While the two Western Pennsylvania natives would love for Walls to join them in Ann Arbor, they haven't pressured Walls in the past. They didn't pressure him on his visit either.
"Steve was my host," Walls said. "He and Ryan talked to me a lot, but most of the time it wasn't about football. When it was they would just remind me that if I decided to go there that they would support me a lot. I really just hung out with them and some of the other players. I hung out with a fullback whose name I forget, a couple of Steve and Ryan's roommates, Woodley, Mike Hart…a whole bunch of them."
One person that Walls did talk a lot of football with while on campus was Michigan defensive backs coach Ron English. With playing time being a key factor in the youngster's decision making process, English made sure to re-emphasize that there will be an opportunity to get on the field in Ann Arbor. "He just basically told me that anywhere I go I'm going to have to compete," Walls said of his conversation with English. "He said if I was to come there that I'd probably compete for a starting job. He said as long as I compete well I could probably at least be a nickel or dime back."
While Walls clearly indicated that the Wolverines moved up in his eyes, he also made it clear that they did not move into the leadership position. That said, they don't seem to be chasing anyone either. "I don't have a leader," Walls said matter-of-factly. "Now that I've seen Michigan again, it's going to be a tough decision between Michigan and Notre Dame. When I see Florida next weekend, they might jump up there too. I don't have a leader."
When asked if Pittsburgh was still a factor, Walls replied, "Yes, they are."
With two official visits now down and two to go, Walls mentioned that it won't be much longer before his college choice is made. "I visit Notre Dame October 13th," he said. "I'll probably make my decision a week or two later."
GoBlueWolverine will check back with Walls in the coming weeks.