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Florida offer impresses Walls

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Cornerback Darrin Walls out of Pittsburgh (Pa.) Woodland Hills has picked up four new offers in the past week and is now up to 15 total.
The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder just picked up offers from Kansas, Georgia, West Virginia and Florida. Of the offers, the Florida offer specifically stood out to Walls.
"I really like Florida, but I don't know why I just do," he said. "I've liked them since I was a kid and when I take a visit to Miami, I'd like to take a visit there too on April 7th. Urban Meyer seems like a nice guy, I talked to their defensive back coach and he seems very interested."
What about the Georgia offer?
"It was surprising to me," he said. "When they told me they were going to offer, I was shocked and excited and I'm definitely going to try to visit them too."
Does Walls have a favorite?
"I don't have a favorite right now, but all the schools that have offered me have a chance. I don't have a favorite yet though."
Walls has already taken a junior day to Pittsburgh, and recently visited West Virginia.
"It's a nice school," he said. "I like their defensive back coach and talked to him a lot about the school. I also like the way their cornerbacks play upfront and are very aggressive. I really get into that."
Another offer Walls picked up recently was Maryland.
"I've never really had any interest in Maryland before their offer," he said. "I've looked at them a lot more since and it's not a bad choice, I just never paid attention to them before."
Are there any new schools that Walls is looking at since they've offered?
"I've looked at Florida and Notre Dame a lot more since they've offered," he said. "I was looking at Virginia a lot too, even though they brought in a lot of defensive backs last year and still looking at them because of their graduation rates and they're one of the top educational schools. So they're up there."
What does he like about Notre Dame?
"I think Notre Dame would be a good school and they are bringing in a lot of athletes," he said. "They have an excellent education and if you don't make it to the pros, you can get a job with a degree from Notre Dame. I think the new staff is doing a good job and it does interest me more because it's a defensive-minded coach. Also my dad is a big Notre Dame fan, but I don't think he'll sway my decision, he'll just tell me the positives and negatives of every college."
Besides offers, Walls has also recently received mail from Oklahoma. Are there any other schools the recruit is hoping to hear from?
"I'm pretty happy with who is recruiting me," he said. "I don't plan on going too far from home, I'll probably stay close to Pennsylvania or at least on the East Coast is what I'm thinking right now."
Right now, Walls is lifting and running in preparation for next season and the upcoming Penn State Nike Camp.
"I work Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays lifting and working out running and doing drills," he said. "Every day I do track and we had our first meet and I placed first in all my events."
This summer Walls plans on heading to one or two college camps, but hasn't decided on which ones he'll attend.
Last season, Walls ran for five touchdowns, caught three more and hauled in six interceptions as he was named first team all-conference and first team all-Class AAAA by the Tribune-Review.
Walls should easily qualify with a 3.4 GPA.
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