The Pitt football program has greatly benefited from a number of walk-on players including Jimmy Morrissey, George Aston, Kellen McAlone and Sean Idowu. On Friday, a quality walk-on candidate decide to follow their footsteps. Pittsburgh (PA) Imani Christian Academy defensive tackle Dorail Walls (6-foot-2 inches, 292 pounds) opted to follow the footsteps of his cousin, Paris Ford, and say ‘Pitt is it’.
“Last year I was supposed to go to their camp. My junior year they came to my school and I met Coach Rob Harley. Yesterday they contacted me and offered me a preferred walk-on opportunity,” said Walls. “I’m excited to join the Pitt program and play football with my cousin, Paris Ford.”
Walls was named 1st Team All-State Class 1A this season. He registered over 60 tackles, 4.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a touchdown. Syracuse recently offered him a preferred walk-on opportunity as well. He will join the football team with the class of 2018 in June.
When asked about his strength at the defensive tackle position, he stated, “My main strength is definitely stopping the run. I can add a pass rush as well. It’s something I continue to work on. Stopping the run is my main strength.”
“I know Theron Coleman, Damar Hamlin and several others on the team. I want to get to Pitt, work hard, earn a scholarship and work my way up the depth chart and get more and more playing time.”
Walls joins fellow class of 2018 defensive tackles Jefferson Hills (PA) Thomas Jefferson Devin Danielson, West Chester (OH) Lakota West Tyler Bentley and Pittsburgh (PA) Central Catholic David Green.
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