Wells was impressive at The Opening qualifier

The Florida Gators are looking to add a few receivers in the class of 2016 and they seemed to have gotten off to a good start with the addition and commitment of Rick Wells from Jacksonville (Fla.) Raines. Wells participated in the Nike Football Opening qualifier event in Kissimmee this past weekend and performed well in front of scouts and coaches.

Talking to Rick Wells shortly after the event, he felt like he performed well even given the sloppy, rainy conditions on the day.

“It went good,” the 6-foot-2, 178 pound Wells said. “There was a lot of competition out there. It allowed me to show my talents and what I can do and what I can work on. I think I was physical, getting off the jam and finishing.”

Wells also said that the combine and camp time was helpful and he learned some things he can use in the future to make him a better football player.

“I learned a couple of moves off the line and how to use my hands, some things I can take back and work on,” he said.

Scout.com was out there in full force watching the event, including national recruiting analyst Chad Simmons who was impressed with Wells more than he expected to be.

“I really liked what I saw out of Wells Sunday,” Simmons said. “He is a little bigger than I thought he was going off of tape and he really caught the ball well all day.”

Simmons likes the way that Wells dominates the ball when it is thrown in his direction.

“I see him as more of a possession type; someone who can work the middle of the field for Florida,” Scout’s lead analyst for the Southeast said. “He is not a great separation guy, but with his broad shoulders and bigger than average frame for receivers he will be able to shield defenders to give the quarterback an area to throw to. Overall, I liked what I saw out of Wells Sunday. He was consistent and a guy who showed reliable hands.”


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