Wales excited about Louisville visit

Anthony Wales has narrowed his college choices down to Louisville and Kentucky and will make an official visit with the Cards this weekend.

Anthony Wales has basically narrowed his college options to Louisville and Kentucky. Wales will make an official visit to UofL this weekend where Charlie Strong hopes to persuade the three-star running back from Central HS to play for the Cardinals.

"I want to have a nice time because I already know the city since I'm from Louisville," Wales told "I want to get to know the coaches a little more."

Wales made several visits to PJCS to watch Louisville this season. He was impressed that Strong's Cardinals finished strong after getting off to a slow start this season.

"I think they had a very nice year, especially offensively knowing that a lot of those guys that are big-time players are freshmen and sophomores," Wales said. "It really showed that Louisville is going to grow as a team and in the future they're going to look nice."

With so many young players returning next season like freshman quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and freshmen wide receivers DeVante Parker, Eli Rogers and Michaelee Harris, Wales could find a niche in Louisville's offense.

"They expect me to provide a lot of breakout plays, those break away runs where no one catches me," Wales said. "They want me to be a speed guy for them and maybe a return guy."

Wales maintains regular contact with Louisville's coaching staff and had a recent home visit with Kenny Carter, Louisville's running backs and special teams coach.

"I talk to all of the coaches but I talk to Coach (Vance) Bedford the most. When I had a home visit it was Coach Carter who came," Wales said. "It was nice. He came over and talked about how they wanted me there. I asked him if they were going to be there all four years. He said Coach Strong just signed an extended contract to stay at UofL so that pretty much answered my question. They're trying to build something here."

Wales said he's narrowed his options to Louisville and Kentucky, though he's still considering Western Kentucky. Wales was also considering Illinois until a coach change at the Big 10 program.

"After Louisville I plan to take more visits eventually after Christmas break, but right now I don't know which schools I will visit. I know I'm going to visit Kentucky, but after Kentucky I don't know about any other visits," Wales said.

Though Kentucky finished with a losing record this season to miss out on a bowl game, Wales thinks the Wildcats will improve under Joker Phillips guidance.

"They're good coaches as well," Wales said. "I keep in contact with those guys too. It's the same with UofL, they're a young team also and both teams look to be improved in the next couple years."

Can Louisville wrap things up with Wales this weekend before he visits Kentucky next month?

"It's possible but I wouldn't count on it though," Wales said.

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