Lakeith Walls knew that Pitt was interested, as Randall McCray—recently moved over to coach Pitt's linebackers, while also coaching special teams—came by to meet with Walls' head coach. He was excited when the Pitt offer came through.
"Actually, it just happened," Walls said. "Coach McCray came to my school, and he wanted me to play linebacker. He told my coach he wanted me to play linebacker, but I sent my game film in. After that, he said they were going to let me choose, and it was running back. They offered. All of that happened in the last two weeks."
As a junior, Walls rushed for 1,271 yards and 22 rushing touchdowns. He added another three defensive touchdowns as well. Walls earned all-league MVP honors and all-district honors. Walls is also a track standout, competing in the 100, 200, and the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relay teams. In addition to Pitt, Walls holds offers from Syracuse, Louisville, Akron, Miami of Ohio and Toledo. He said McCray also came back to his high school last week. With the kind of attention the Pitt coaching staff has shown Walls, he is looking to make a Pitt visit this summer.
"I'm going to Pitt on June 10; I'm going up there for a visit," Walls said.
Though this visit will be about getting a look at the campus, Walls adds that Pitt's offense is another thing that stands out. "They run a three-back set; that's what I've been playing all through high school," Walls said. "That's what I grew up on; power sweeps."