Former Illinois defender adds his talents to already deep linebacker corps.
UNLV: A former Big Ten Conference player who joined the Rebels this summer as a fifth-year graduate transfer ... Will pursue his master's in higher education at UNLV ... Looks to earn immediate playing time in the linebacker rotation this fall.
2015: Appeared in seven games and finished with 16 total tackles.
2014: Played in all 13 games at LB, finishing with 18 total tackles, two QB sacks and a forced fumble ... Had a sack and FF against Louisiana Tech in the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl ... Registered his first career sack vs. Penn State ... Posted season-high four tackles against Texas State ... Moved from RB to LB during 2014 spring practice ... Earned Academic All-Big Ten.
2013: Earned his first collegiate letter playing running back and special teams in eight games for the Illini ... Recorded first career carries against Miami (OH), picking up 12 yards on two rushes.
2012: Redshirted season.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2012 graduate of James Ford Rhodes HS in Cleveland ... A three-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com ... Division I Special Mention All-State by the Associated Press ... Played for coach Phil Gary ... Also ran track for the Rams.
PERSONAL: LaKeith Walls was born Dec. 1, 1993 ... The son of Damion Johnson Sr. and Towanda Walls ... Earned his bachelor's degree from Illinois in sport management.