Lakeith Walls, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound running back and linebacker from Rhodes High (OH), has completed his prep career. The senior will now take on several visits to help narrow down his decision; although he has a decent idea of the schools he's most intrigued to play for.
"I'm excited about this Louisville trip," Walls, who has offers from over a dozen schools, told Scout.com. He will visit the Cardinals this weekend.
"North Carolina State, Louisville and Toledo are probably the top three right now," he added. "I'm excited to see how they run their program. I like Cincinnati too. Those are probably my top schools right about now."
Walls, who hopes to make a decision by early December, would not rule out some of the other programs interested in him other than Syracuse, who have informed him that they have "filled up" when it comes to scholarship athletes on the way into the program.
The versatile athlete has multiple dimensions when it comes to making a decision, considering different schools are looking at him in different roles.
"Most people don't think a tall running back can get low," the three-star prospect said. "I don't let other people put limitations on what I can and can't do."
Though his heart is on the offensive side of the ball, the reality of playing defense is something Walls is embracing.
"People are telling me that with my frame and my speed (low 4.4 in the 40-yard dash), that I can be a potential NFL linebacker," he said. "That sits in the back of my mind, like I just have got to be able to make a business decision and do what I feel will help me to be an athlete for the long run."
Cincinnati is recruiting Walls as an athlete, while Louisville is targeting him as a linebacker. Toledo and NC State see him in the offensive backfield. However, upon visiting him at his games, Walls said that most of the schools are saying he can "compete" on both sides of the ball.
"A lot of schools have been telling me that," Walls said.
The prospect is not detracting schools that are recruiting him for just one position. Instead, he is humbled by the entire recruiting experience.
"It's really mind-blowing," he admitted. "To think that there's a million high school football players all over the world, and only so many get an offer at the Division I level or to play at the next level."
"For you to be able to sit back and think that you have that option with many different programs, you just have got to thank God for it. It's a blessing."
Walls didn't get his first offer until March of this season, which came from Akron. Since then, several schools followed up with him throughout his senior season.
He is planning on playing in an Ohio All-Star game during Thanksgiving week at Nordonia High School that pits the best players from the Cleveland area against Akron's best.