Though Wales, who is being recruited by Louisville and Kentucky, maintains he's still considering both programs, it's clear the Cardinals big win made a strong impression on the standout running back from Louisville (KY) Central.
"It was a good win (for Louisville) and a hard fought game for both teams," Wales told InsideTheVille.com. "Louisville's starting quarterback went down but they still had enough to win the game. They fought all four quarters for a win and just played hard."
Will Louisville's convincing win over UK influence Wales' college decision?
"A little bit but not really," Wales said. "It's good they won, but it really doesn't matter to me if they win or lose this year because I know next year if I go to any one of those schools I plan on winning whichever team I'm on. There's a slight chance (the outcome could influence) my decision but I'm still open to everybody out there."
Wales took note that Louisville beat Kentucky on the road with a young team. True freshman quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw two touchdowns; sophomore running back Dominique Brown rushed for nearly 100 yards; and true freshman DeVante Parker caught his third touchdown of the season. Did Louisville's victory send a message to Wales that Strong's Cardinals are the program on the rise in the Commonwealth?
"Yes, I could say that because they're playing all those young guys," Wales said. "The young guys that are playing I know some of them. We had a Central player that was playing last night (Stephan Robinson), he's a redshirt freshman, and caused a strip towards the end of the game. I know Louisville doesn't care what class you are, they play the best 11."
Is Strong's willingness to play freshmen an important consideration in Wales' college decision?
"I want to play early, but if I'm not ready for it I'll have no problem redshirting my freshman year," said Wales. "But going in it's (playing) something I want to do."
Wales spoke with UofL defensive coordinator Vance Bedford recently and believes he'd have an opportunity to make an impact for the Cardinals early in his career.
"We were talking about when I was going to know for sure about my decision and then we talked about my grades," Wales said. "My grades and credits are fine and I'm on the right on track in school.
"I've probably talked to Louisville more than Kentucky because they're right here. They tell me all the time that the running back position is open for me and I could come in and play. It seems like there's a stronger chance I could come in and play running back for Louisville."
Wales says he could make decision during his senior season.
"I really haven't talked with my mom, who is 100 percent a Louisville fan, about making a decision," Wales said. "I'm really not sure when I want to make a decision, but I don't want to wait too long because some schools might back out on me. I'll probably come up with a decision as the season goes on."
Wales said his mother wants him to stay home and play for Louisville.
"She's a big influence, especially because I have two younger siblings," Wales said. "I have a younger brother who is five and a little sister who is three. I really want them growing up watching me play, possibly for the Louisville Cardinals. My family is a big part of my decision if I want to leave them for four years or not?"