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Wall transfers back to LHS from DeSoto

By Jimmy Carter jcarter@news-journal.com
Sept. 28, 2012 at 11 p.m.

Longview's already deep backfield might get even deeper and a lot faster in a few weeks.

Former DeSoto running back Deionte Wall transferred back to Longview, enrolled in school Friday and has applied to the UIL for eligibility, coach John King said.

Wall had a standout season playing with the Longview junior varsity as a sophomore last fall, while also running track in the spring before opting to transfer. The 5-foot-8, 175-pounder did not record any stats in DeSoto's first four games this season.

Wall's PAPF –– Previous Athletic Participation Form –– had not been approved as of Friday afternoon, leaving his eligibility still in question.

"It feels good to have one come back that moved off," King said. "If he gets ruled eligible that'd be great. He's a Tory White-caliber back. He's tough and has the speed to break it. He's a 4.4 (40-yard dash) guy. He ran the stretch leg in the 4x100 (meter dash)."

Wall joins former Chapel Hill standout and Arkansas State commitment Tre Allen as players who have transferred to Longview and enrolled in the last two weeks.

Like Allen, Wall has to go through a minimum 15-day waiting period before the UIL will make a ruling on his eligibility because he enrolled after the first six days of the school year.

"I don't know why he wouldn't get ruled eligible living in our school zone," King said. "I didn't have any qualms when I signed off on him going over there."

If ruled eligible shortly after the waiting period, Wall could play in the Oct. 19 road game against Mesquite Horn. He could help take some of the workload off White, who has dominated carries while leading District 12-5A with 533 rushing yards and four touchdowns.

"He's a smart football player," King said. "He's got a good grasp of what we do. It would give us some more depth at running back and enable us to do some more things."

In transferring back to Longview, Wall decided to return to a school he attended from eighth grade to last spring.

"I think our kids and our former players will tell you they get treated right here," King said. "They get coached hard, but at the end of the day they know people care about them. He knows that."



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