Gators offer DE Keith Wells

Urban Meyer's recruiting trip to the Atlanta area on Wednesday brought him to Gainesville (Ga.) High School to visit 6-foot-5, 210-pound defensive end Keith Wells. It took just two days for the Gator coaching staff to contact Wells again. After receiving a text message from wide receiver coach Billy Gonzales, Wells received an offer from the Gators late Friday afternoon.

Wells said he had been staying in regular contact with Gonzales who is his recruiting coordinator, and when Meyer dropped by school on Wednesday and got to see the national championship ring, he had a good feeling that an offer was around the corner.

"I've never visited Florida, but I've always admired them and I was rooting for them in the national championship," Wells told Fightin' Gators. "I just know about the great history of Florida and the great players to come out of Florida. It's an honor to be recruited by them after they won a national championship."

Florida's offer makes nine total offers for the Georgia defensive end. Wells has already collected offers from some of the top programs in the southeast, including Alabama, Georgia Tech, Marshall, North Carolina, South Florida, South Carolina, Miami and Louisville. He's taking a patient approach to the process, though.

"Right now, I'm just going through the whole process," Wells said. "I'm not trying to narrow it down or make any decisions at this point, but I'm pretty sure as the season gets closer, I'll try to narrow it down to a top-five - if not commit."

What might help Wells make that decision is the four camps he will try to attend this summer. He has already made plans to participate in the one-day camps at Georgia and Georgia Tech and now plans on adding Florida to the list. He would also like to camp at North Carolina.

There are three things that Wells is looking for when he ultimately makes his final decision. First and foremost is academics. He would like to major in business, and the school he chooses must have a strong business program. Obviously, the level of the football program will play an important role as well.

"I want a tradition of winning, and a program going in the right direction, which Meyer has," Wells said. "The third thing I'm looking for is the student life. How the football players interact with the regular student body, and the plus and minuses of being a student-athlete are important, too."

With his lanky frame, Wells' body type is similar to that of Jarvis Moss when he was in high school. The Gator coaching staff has already made that connection.

"They were comparing me to Jarvis Moss," Wells said. "They said I look a lot like him, and I was the perfect Florida defensive end. They like them to be fast and quick off the ball and also have size and strength."

Not bad for a high school junior to be compared to a player that should see himself selected in the NFL Draft on Saturday.

"It makes me feel pretty good that they are comparing me to an NFL guy," he said. "It also makes me feel pretty good that they have enough confidence in me to offer me a scholarship at this point. It shows that they see a lot of potential, and that if I work hard, they see me possibly making it to the next level."

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