Will Wellington, a 2008 prospect out of Fairfield (Iowa) HS is in all likelihood the most talented junior varsity football player in the state of Iowa. Wellington, who transferred from Harding High School in St. Paul, Minn., was all set to start for the varsity football team in August of 2006, but that never materialized.
"He showed up in Fairfield at the start of practice last fall," Fairfield coach Mike Schenck said. "He transferred in from St. Paul, Minnesota. He transferred here to live with is brother, but was denied eligibility to play at the varsity level. We went through the appeal process three different times."
After those appeals were denied, his only option was to play on the JV squad.
"He did play on our JV squad, just to give him the opportunity to play," Schenck said. "He led a team that was 0-9 the previous year to 9-0 last year. He made quite an impact. We're still looking forward to him playing his first varsity contest in Fairfield. We think he's an exceptional athlete with a lot of great things in store for him."
Wellington has yet to figure out what position he'll play this fall, but his coach says he's got the ability to be an impact player on either side of the ball, possibly at running back.
"He has tremendous ability to run the football, great speed to get outside," Schenck said. "He has great speed to get up the middle, great hands to catch the football coming out of the backfield, and he even through a couple touchdown passes for us."
Wellington said he hopes to play either running back or safety this fall. At 5-11 and 187 pounds, Wellington would seem to fit the RB mold, but said he hopes to add more weight before this fall. He had to keep some weight off, as he ran track and wrestled during his junior year. High School wrestling in the state of Iowa surprised him a bit.
"It was quite an experience to see all those guys go at it for six minutes," Wellington said. "It's a hard sport."
While still at Harding HS in St. Paul, Minn., Wellington was a part of the state-championship 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams as a sophomore, and he's currently participating in track for Fairfield.
Being unable to play varsity football, many teams aren't quite aware of Will Wellington yet, but Schenck says that's to be expected.
"He's virtually an unknown kid," he said. "This is a coach's dream come true to have some kid drop in your lap like this, with this kind of talent. Around this area, he's just not well known. He got no exposure last fall, a lot of people just don't know about him."
The only school recruiting Wellington right now is the University of Iowa, which invited him to Iowa City for a junior day this past weekend.
"It was nice, I liked it a lot," Wellington said. "They had a nice facility and all that.
"I think I connected with all the coaches I talked to down there, but one guys I really connected with was the RB coach. He was a real nice guy. All the guys he's coached, he's got guys in the NFL."
Wellington said he will be participating in a few camps this Summer, as well as a possible visit to a Scout.com combine in hopes of improving his stock.
This Fall, Coach Schenck and Will Wellington hope to let the rest of the state see what sort of talent they each know he has, and hopefully earn Will a scholarship offer to a Division I school.