Walls Getting Visit From Irish

Woodland Hills (Pa.) standout cornerback Darrin Walls is one of jewels of Notre Dame's 2006 recruiting class. His season ended with a loss in the WPIAL Class AAAA championship game, but Walls still has the U.S. Army All-star game to look forward to.

Darrin Walls would like to have ended his career at Woodland Hills with a championship, but unfortunately for Scout.com's No.7 rated cornerback, his team couldn't overcome an early first quarter deficit.

"We lost the championship game to McKeesport 19-7," Walls explained. "They ran a triple option and scored 19 points in the first quarter. After that, I think our defense started to play better, and I think we made a couple adjustments so we were able to shut their offense down. But our offense couldn't put enough points on the board. We could have won, and should have won, but it didn't happen that way."

Walls was named to the U.S. Army All-Star game and he will join seven other committed Irish players on the field for the game that will be played on January 7.

"I can't wait, because I know there will be a lot of Notre Dame recruits going down there and there are some Pittsburgh area players going as well, so it will be a lot of fun," Walls said. "I think I leave on January 1."

His future teammates finished their regular season last Saturday with a win over Stanford. The win wasn't pretty but it made the Irish eligible for a BCS bid.

"I was kind of nervous for the Stanford game," Walls describe of the Stanford scoring drive that put the Cardinal in the lead. "I knew they (Notre Dame) had a lot of time, and that they'd be able to go down and score."

In addition to watching Notre Dame on the field, Darrin has kept a close eye on recruiting, and he was very excited why he heard that the Irish received a commitment from a Florida wide receiver Richard Jackson.

"I met him on my first official visit when we visited Pitt together," Walls recalled. "I wasn't sure he was going to commit (to Notre Dame) but I'm glad that he did."

As the Notre Dame staff waits to hear who the Irish will be playing in a bowl game, the Irish coaches are once again on the road making in-home visits with prospects and committed players.

"Coach Latina is coming in on Thursday," Walls said when asked when Notre Dame was planning on making their visit. "He was in charge of recruiting me. I really like him. I like that he's honest and straightforward."

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