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2/4/2008 12:09 AM
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Wells still unsure if it will be the Buckeyes, Irish or Vols

Published on: 02/03/08

Gainesville defensive end Keith Wells plans to do a lot of soul searching as he watches the Super Bowl.

Wells, who returned from a weekend trip to South Bend, Ind. Sunday afternoon, will announce at 11:30 a.m. on Monday if he will play college football at Notre Dame, Ohio State or Tennessee.

“Notre Dame made a lot of leeway this weekend,” Wells said. “Right now, they’re all even.”

Wells said he doesn’t plan to answer his cell phone this evening, even if it appears Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis or coach Phillip Fulmer of Tennessee has dialed his number.

“I won’t talk to anybody else before I announce,” he said. “Just before I announce, I’ll call some of these coaches and tell them if I’m coming or not.”

Last week, the Irish looked to be a longshot to sign Wells. Now, Weis and company appear to have a legitimate chance.

“The visit to Notre Dame was nice,” Wells said. “I had heard about the campus, but I wasn’t expecting it to be that beautiful. You could just feel the tradition.”


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2/4/2008 2:12 PM
Wells now a Buckeye
Keith Wells
Keith Wells
Posted Feb 4, 2008

Ohio State has continued its hot streak on the 2008 recruiting trail by securing a commitment from one of the top rush ends in the entire nation when Keith Wells made it public that he would indeed be signing with the Buckeyes on Wednesday.

Keith Wells, a 6-foot-5, 235-pound defensive end from Gainesville High in Ga., was considering Ohio State strongly before making a verbal commitment to the Florida State Seminoles, but after some contemplation he decided it would be a good idea to take a look in to some of his other options.

At first he remained a public commitment to the “Noles” but after official visits to Ohio State and Auburn he eliminated FSU from his list completely. Since that time he has taken official visits to Tennessee and Notre Dame.

The final three schools for the Georgia rush end ended up being Ohio State, Tennessee, and Notre Dame. The Irish and the Volunteers had a lot to offer but in the end he just felt the most comfortable with Jim Tressel and the Buckeyes.

There were many players who had a great time on their official visits, but Wells admitted that the time he spent on campus at Ohio State was tremendous, and it was most likely that weekend when he knew that he would ultimately make the switch from FSU.

He enjoyed a lot about the official, but it was the time that he got to spend with head coach Jim Tressel on his in-home that really sealed the deal.

“Going out with the players and getting to sit down and talk with coach Tressel,” Wells said of the visit to Columbus.

“Coach Tressel is a nice guy. We talk about everything. He told us what he needed to do to be successful at Ohio State. He felt like I could come in and be something special.”

Wells is one of the more intriguing prospects in the class with the way his body type has completely changed over the last year and he could project at a few positions on defense. Wells can be physical at the line of scrimmage as a defensive end to stand up his blocker or he can be quick enough to simply get around him.

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As a senior, Wells racked up 75 tackles and seven sacks.

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2/4/2008 5:21 PM
Defensive end from Georgia picks Buckeyes
Monday,  February 4, 2008 1:01 PM

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Ohio State pushed its 2008 recruiting class back up to 18 members today with the commitment of defensive end Keith Wells of Gainesville, Ga.

Wells said he picked the Buckeyes over Tennessee and Notre Dame, which made a late push for the late-blooming pass-rusher.

"Ohio State is my best all-around school," Wells said by phone. "They've got a top-20 engineering program, their football team is thriving, definitely excelling the last few years, and I definitely feel I have an opportunity to get in there and play early."

Wells, who just started playing football in the 2006 season, blossomed into a 6-foot-5, 235-pound speed rusher who made plays all over the field for the Red Elephants of Gainesville.

Recruiting experts are still trying to figure out his potential, too. Consider that though he is considered a four-star prospect by Scout.com, which rates him as the 16th best defensive end prospect in the country, rivals.com rates him as merely a three-star recruit.

The Buckeyes, meanwhile, still await word from the nation's No.1 prospect, Terrelle Pryor, the quarterback from Jeannette, Pa., who might not make up his mind by Wednesday, the first day that national letters-of-intent can be signed. He is considering OSU, Michigan, Oregon and Penn State.

Two other blue-chip prospects with whom OSU is going down to the wire are offensive lineman Josh Jenkins of Parkersburg, W.Va., who is scheduled to announce at 9 a.m. Wednesday between the Buckeyes and West Virginia, and defensive back Brandon Harris of Miami, Fla., who likely will choose between OSU and Miami on signing day.

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