Wales talks UofL, UK offers

Anthony Wales, the most explosive football prospect in the commonwealth of Kentucky, added his first two offers from Louisville and Kentucky this weekend. Wales spoke to about his new offers, and the appeal of playing for the hometown Cardinals.

Anthony Wales is the most explosive football prospect in the commonwealth of Kentucky. That's why Louisville coach Charlie Strong and Kentucky coach Joker Phillips recently send formal scholarship offers to the star running back from Louisville Central.

"It's really exciting to finally get my first offer and as far as it being from my home town is really nice," Wales said of Louisville's offer. "I'll probably talk to the Louisville coaching staff about the offer one day this week."

Wales might be the top football prospect in Louisville this year. The 5'10, 180-pound running back led Central to the Class 3-A state championship as a junior when he rushed for 2,994 yards and 40 touchdowns. A frequent visitor at Louisville games last fall, Wales has kept a close eye on Strong's rebuilding efforts with the Cards.

"I think they are building a strong program," Wales said. "The coaches are very nice and they know what they're talking about. I talk to Coach [Vance] Bedford the most. We have a real good relationship. Sometimes we talk about football and sometimes we don't. I feel like you want to have coaches like that you can go to when you have problems when you're going to college."

Though Wales, whose family roots for Louisville, is strongly considering the Cardinals, he's not totally sold on the idea of staying close to home for college.

"All my family are U of L fans and it would be nice for them to be able to watch me play (in college)," Wales said. "But sometimes I wonder if staying in Louisville is what I really want to do because I've been here so long and I might want to see the world."

Still, there are strong ties to Louisville that might be hard for other schools to overcome. A friend of current U of L freshman defensive tackle Jamon Brown, Wales admitted the idea of playing for the hometown team is "appealing."

"I talk to Jamon a lot," Wales said. "We used to play together in little league. He tells me the pros and cons of being the guy (playing) playing for your hometown. It sounds nice and I would like to do that. It's appealing."

Though some question his size to play running back in college, Louisville is recruiting Wales to carry the football and return kicks.

"They see me as a running back and a return guy," Wales said. "I have no problem with that."

Wales said he also received an offer from Kentucky on Sunday. Joker Phillips has strong connections at Central and has landed several former Yellowjackets in recent years.

"We have a connection with that school and they tell me all the time it's a good school," said Wales. "But it's the same way with Louisville, sometimes I'm not sure if I want to stay home or not."

In addition to offers from Louisville and Kentucky, Wales is receiving strong interest from Notre Dame, Northwestern, Purdue, UCF, Colorado and Western Kentucky. A big consideration in Wales' college decision is finding a school where, "I'll be able to focus," he said. "I'm trying to stay away from any schools that are ‘party' schools or under any investigations."

Wales started the season strong, rushing for 166 yards on 18 carries, while scoring three TD's, including a 69-yard burst, in a 23-20 loss to 6-A rival Manual last Friday.

"I'm more balanced and run with more power (this year)," said Wales. "I break more tackles this year and don't go down as easy as I did last year."

"We're going to be a very good team. It was a tough loss because we were trying to be undefeated this year."

Wales has no visits scheduled, but plans to take some this fall. He said he's planning to make a college decision after his senior season.

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