Notre Dame junior cornerback Darrin Walls, a potential future star for the Fighting Irish and a small silver lining in the cloud that was the dismal 2007 season, won't be attending the school in the fall of 2008.
His reasons were personal and there is speculation as always as to why that was (bad grades, poor attendance, family sickness, etc). Whatever the case may be, he will be returning to his home in Pittsburgh, PA at the close of the summer semester.
Sophomore Gary Gray was listed as the backup for Walls this season, and junior Raeshon McNeil was posted as the nickel behind Senior CB Terrail Lambert.
In my opinion, the secondary was the most talented and deepest part of a new explosive defense, led by DC Corwyn Brown and Asst Def HC Jon Tenuta. With this highly touted defensive backfield (Brown's focal point), it would allow more time for a new pass rush led by senior Maurice Crum, Jr. and his fellow linebackers (Tenuta's focal point).
The loss of Darrin Walls is a disappointment to Notre Dame fans everywhere, and we all wish him well and look forward to his return in the 2009-2010 season. In the meantime, senior safety David Bruton, who was named to the Thorpe watch list this season, will have to be more of a leader after this heartbreaking loss.
Also, senior wide receiver D.J. Hord will be transferring to a Division I-AA school, more than likely due to the fact that he saw the writing on the wall in the form of little playing time. D.J. Hord was deep on the depth chart behind fellow senior David Grimes, sophomore Duval Kamara, and even freshman Michael Floyd.
I wish all ND players the greatest of luck in the future, and the same goes for Hord.