RB Wales picks Louisville over UK, WKU

Jordan Wells

Highly recruited running back Anthony ‘Ace’ Wales was said to be considering Louisville, Kentucky, and WKU before he’d make his college choice in February.

Wales, an all-state running back at Louisville Central High School, had a visit to WKU lined up for the Jan. 20-22 weekend.

But according to multiple reports, Wales made his commitment to Louisville on Jan. 16.

Jody Demling of the Louisville Courier-Journal was the first to announce Wales’ commitment over Twitter, saying that Wales told him he “wants to be the face of Louisville football.”

“I’ve always liked the program and I like where they are headed with coach (Charlie) Strong,” Wales told the Courier-Journal. “I’m excited to be part of it and it’s close to home. We don’t have a pro team around here, so Louisville is what people get.

“Seeing the billboards of the (former local players) around town just made me say, ‘I want that to be me someday.'”

WKU still has several targets that will be making visits during the Jan. 20-22 weekend.

The first big target is running back Jamie Gilmore, the No. 7-ranked all-purpose running back in the country according to Rivals.com, (Wales is ranked 14th at the same position). Gilmore has WKU in his top three, along with South Florida and Temple.

Cornerback Brett Harrington will also be on campus during the upcoming weekend. The Herald did a feature story on Harrington in December. Harrington is a multi-sport athlete (track) who’s also considering at Akron and Buffalo.

Finally, kicker Andy Pappanastos is also set to visit.

Pappanastos is the Alabama high school career field goal record holder. WKU is currently his only listed offer, but he is still receiving interest from several major schools.

Several other targets will likely be in Bowling Green this weekend, and others the weekend of Jan. 27-29.