Monday, October 03, 2005


The nation's top-rated cornerback, Darrin Walls, verbally committed to the Irish today. For anyone who has watched the Notre Dame pass defense the past couple of years, this is a HUGE pick-up. Walls is not only tall (6'0"), but fast as well (4.4-40). With that combination of size and speed, Walls might also get a few snaps at wide receiver as well. If Walls is not starting in the defensive backfield by mid-September next year I would be shocked.

While this a great signing, the Irish still need help on the defensive line. A poor pass rush can make even a good secondary look really bad. The Irish currently have only two firm verbal commitments from defensive linemen (Kellen Wade and John Ryan), and they need a couple more for this to be a great recruiting class on the defensive side of the ball.