When the news broke that Leavitt would be leaving Boulder on Dec. 14, Wells was disappointed but he never wavered in his commitment. Joe Tumpkin, who served as the Buffs' interim defensive coordinator in the Alamo Bowl, has taken over his recruitment.
“It has been good talking to Coach Tumpkin,” Wells told BuffStampede.com on Thursday afternoon. “He is coming out to see me after the dead period.”
“I am still committed to Colorado,” he continued. “Everybody told me to commit to the school and not the coaches, and Colorado is just an amazing school and place to be.”
Wells attended the Buffaloes' Under the Lights Camp at Folsom Field last June and he was in the stands to watch Colorado defeat UCLA this past season. Wells will be taking his third trip to Boulder, for his official visit, the weekend of Jan. 20.
“I am just hoping to see everything they have to offer,” he said. “I have already seen most of it, but I will get to talk more to the coaches, and a few of the other commits will be there, too. So it will be nice to connect with them.”
Wells has never seen snow before, and he said he is anxious to see it for the first time.
During his final prep season, Wells racked up nearly 100 tackles, 18 tackles for a loss, seven sacks and two interceptions while helping South Sumter reach the state semifinals. He was named his area's Defensive Player of the Year.
“It was definitely something to be proud of,” Wells said of the honor, as he waits to find out if he made the all-state team. “It was a good season. We were a game away from state, which we wanted to win obviously, but it was still a pretty good season.”
Wells initially projected as an outside linebacker when he committed to Colorado, but he did so well at middle linebacker the second half of his senior season, the Buffs have talked to him about the possibility of playing inside linebacker in the future.
“They have talked me about playing either outside or inside, that is what Coach Leavitt said before he left; wherever they need me most,” Wells said. “It doesn't matter to me, I just want to play football.”
Wells is now playing basketball and he plans to compete in track and field in the spring. He ran the 100-meter dash in 11.3-seconds as a junior.
“I am trying to get under 11-seconds this year,” he said. “I am also going to be running in the 4x1-relay, and I throw the shot put and discus.”
Wells also showed off his speed when he won the Fastest Man Competition among the linebackers and tight ends at Colorado's Under the Lights Camp. During track meets, he is larger than the runners he is competing with “by a lot.”
“Our coach always says that he can help make us faster but that only God makes you fast in the first place. I am blessed,” Wells said.
Well-rounded off the field as well, Wells is a straight A student and he helps work on his father's farm. Click on the video below to watch his senior highlight reel: