Walls: 'The Atmosphere Is What Gets You'

Cleveland (OH) James Rhodes standout Lakeith Walls talks about his recent official visit to NC State. The talented athlete is seriously considering an offer from the Wolfpack.

Three-star Cleveland (OH) James Rhodes athlete Lakeith Walls took his first official visit of the recruiting process over the weekend and it was a trip to NC State.

Wells, ranked the No. 64 running back nationally by Scout.com, is being recruited to play several different positions. In fact, that figures to be a big factor in his decision down the line.

NC State is recruiting the 6-4, 200-pound prospect as a linebacker, as are Pitt and Bowling Green. Toledo, Syracuse and Northwestern are telling him he can play tailback or wide receiver, as is Duke, a school that just offered him recently as well.

Walls admits that he prefers offense but his trip to NC State went so well this weekend he might have to reevaluate the importance of playing a certain position.

"It was real good," Walls told Pack Pride on Sunday. "I had a good time. It was my first official visit. It was different than I thought it would be. I thought NC State was a smaller school than it was. I didn't know the fans were the way they are. It was good. I can't think of a dull moment from the whole weekend.

"I was going out and seeing the campus. They assigned me to a player, Sterling Lucas, so I pretty much hung out with Sterling all weekend. Sterling showed me a good time. We had fun and did a couple of things together.

"I talked to all the coaches pretty much. They didn't really push for me to make a decision but they made little jokes about it like, 'When are you going to become a part of the Wolfpack?' They didn't really push me though."

Now that Walls has been to NC State what does he think about it?

"If I go to college to play linebacker that's definitely one of the schools that's up there. They went up. I like it up there. It's a nice atmosphere. The fans at the game and the atmosphere is really what gets you. Being in that stadium was nice."

Walls told Pack Pride he doesn't have any other official visits scheduled but is looking hard at potential trips to Ohio and Louisville. As much as he enjoyed his trip to NC State he's hoping he can hold off on a decision for a while.

"It's kind of tough. Sometimes I feel like I get a vibe from a school but then I think I'm not ready (to commit) yet. I'll probably take another month before I decide anything," he said.

"I can't really say I have any favorites. I can just say I feel good about what I learned about NC State over the weekend. What I saw this weekend was a team that got along. That was probably the best part about it. It's a big family. It's not even just a football team. It's a family. That bumps them up a lot to me.

"You've got to be comfortable wherever you go and with me being a recruit, they accept all the recruits that are down there. All the players are cool with the recruits. You have to come and bring a good vibe with you."

Louisville, Northwestern, Pitt, Duke and Syracuse are other schools that have offered Walls.


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