Wheatley Factor for Walls

Syracuse was the first BCS program to offer Cincinnati, Ohio prospect Lakeith Walls and also seems to be one of the only schools that believe in him at running back. The fact that the recruiter at Syracuse that does believe in him at running back starred in college and the NFL is paying dividends already though.

Lakeith Walls, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound running back from James Ford Rhodes High School was not only excited to pick up his first FBS offer, but was excited to have someone with the resume of Tyrone Wheatley show so much belief in him.

"When Syracuse offered me it was Coach (Tyrone) Wheatley that actually told me about it," Walls explained. "He actually had been talking to my coach before they offered, so I didn't know him at all before they offered. My coach told me about the offer and then I got to talk to Coach Wheatley."

"He's a cool guy and real laid back," Walls added. "He definitely seems like he has the best wishes of his players in mind and says he sees a lot of raw talent in me that he thinks he can get a ton of production out of. Knowing how good he was it was a huge confidence boost for him to tell me he sees something in me because he has already done it so well both in college and the NFL."

"Coach Wheatley has said that since he was there they've gone from 4-8 to a bowl team and that the team really reacts to the staff well now. He also said that they have a great communications school and offer a quality education. I have a few offers, but other schools are looking at me at other positions and for them to come in as an FBS school and also to offer me at running back was just huge."

Walls says he plans to visit the school on April 16th if possible, but will definitely be at Syracuse in the spring.

As a junior, Walls carried the ball 100 times for 1270 yards and 22 touchdowns in 10 games. He was named first-team All-City.

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