DARRIN WALLS, CB, 6'1, 175, 4.4, PITTSBURGH (WOODLAND HS) HILLS, PA:
Cover corners in today's era of football are tall, lanky have with great range. And that is exactly how Darrin Walls plays the game. Blessed with good size and speed, Walls is tremendous at checking receivers at the line of scrimmage and has the acceleration to catch up with them down field.
Walls broke into the starting line-up midway though his sophomore year and went both ways a year ago at cornerback and running back. Walls finished last season with 56 tackles, six interceptions and 16 pass break-ups. At running back, he rushed the ball 68 times for 750 yards and 10 touchdowns. And at receiver, he caught three passes for an amazing 250 yards and two touchdowns. As a kick returner, Walls took three to the house.
"I like playing running back, slot and catching the ball and scoring. But I have been playing cornerback all my life and I just feel that is the best position for me," said Walls. "I really don't think I am big enough to be a running back in college, but I do think I could play the slot or wide receiver. I would like the opportunity to go both ways in college if that is possible. I think that is something that I could happen and I certainly would like a chance to return kicks and punts."
Walls can bench 225 pounds, squats 350 and he will post his first vertical jump at the Penn State camp. Walls also runs the 100M (10.7), 200M (22.1) and the anchor leg for the 4X100 relay in track.
Walls went to the Notre Dame Spring game this past weekend and he has been to West Virginia several times. Last year, Walls went unofficially to Michigan State and Ohio State. Walls has been offered by over 20 schools thus far and he has a great number of coaches coming to see his tape at school over the next couple of weeks.
"I would say that I have a top five, but it can change at any moment," said Walls. "I would say that my top five are Michigan, Notre Dame, Florida, Penn State and Pitt right now. I also like Georgia, Miami, West Virginia and Ohio State.
Does Oklahoma have a shot?
"I haven't thought much about Oklahoma until recently. They have offered me and they are showing me some strong interest. I haven't considered Oklahoma much because they seem so far away, but they are such a good program that I am now giving them more consideration."
What is Walls looking for in recruiting?
"I am looking first at academics and I want to major in accounting," said Walls. "Then, how I feel with the players and coaches will be key."
Walls has already qualified.
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