Jim Leavitt was the primary recruiter for Carson Wells when he was in Boulder, so the young linebacker from Florida had to at least briefly entertain the Ducks' offer when it came through earlier this month.
“A lot of kids grow up watching Oregon wanting to wear those flashy uniforms but after you get past that, I love Colorado more,” Wells said.
“Everybody always told me to commit to the school and not the coach, and Colorado is probably the best school in the nation,” he continued. “Plus, Oregon didn't have my major (Engineering) so Colorado was a better fit for me.”
Wells confirmed he will not accept Oregon's invitation to take an official visit to Eugene this coming weekend, the final weekend before signing day. He will instead host an in-home visit with Buffaloes defensive line coach Jim Jeffcoat.
Wells was at Colorado for his official visit last weekend, with sophomore offensive tackle Isaac Miller serving as his player host.
“It was fun. I didn't get to see the rec center during my previous visits, so it was good to tour that,” said Wells, who measured in at 6-foot-4, 230-pounds on his most recent trip to Boulder.
“Isaac explained the average schedule during the off-season and the season, how they have morning practices and workouts,” he added. “Then the rest of the day they have off for class and tutoring and everything else they need to be successful as a student.”
Wells also got to meet the Buffs' new defensive coordinator, and his future position coach, DJ Eliot, during his official visit.
“I really like him. I think he was a great hire and I have a lot to learn from him,” Wells said of Eliot. “We sat down for like 30 minutes and talked. I am still going to be playing the same thing Coach Leavitt was saying, an outside linebacker role. He is nice but just from sitting in the room a little bit, he gets intense pretty quick. He seems like a really good coach.”
Wells showed off his versatility on the football field during his prep career, playing defensive end, outside linebacker and middle linebacker. He continued to show off his versatility on the basketball court earlier this week when he ran point guard for the first time and helped lead South Sumter to a 30 point victory over Weeki Wachee.
Wells plans to run track in the spring with the goal of besting his time of 11.3-seconds in the 100-meter dash from last year.