Top Junior RB Camper Has U-M Connections

Perhaps the top rising junior in Ohio is 'big running back' <b>Chris Wells</b> from Akron. The 'AT Clone' worked out at the Michigan Camp on Tuesday. Here is a story done by TheInsiders' on him this past weekend after he attended the OSU camp -- the article includes his U-M affinity.

Original article: June 21, 2004
By Steve Helwagen of

Akron Garfield running back Chris Wells, the state's top junior prospect according to Ohio High magazine, attended the first session of the Ohio State camp.

We caught up with the 6-1, 223-pound Wells just minutes ago upon his return home from camp and he shared some important news.

When asked what the highlight of his four-day stay in Columbus was, Wells replied, "When they offered me a scholarship. That made me pretty happy. They had actually sent my coach something before I went down there, so I had a good idea it was coming. But then I went down there to camp and we talked about it."

Wells spent time at the camp with offensive coordinator Jim Bollman, secondary coach Mel Tucker and running backs coach Dick Tressel.

"I also had an offer before this from Akron and I'm heading up to Michigan tomorrow (Tuesday) and I'm pretty sure they're going to offer as well," he said.

Wells tallied 800 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns as a sophomore after gaining 400 yards and scoring five touchdowns as a freshman. He was a fixture at OSU games last fall and it seems apparent he is the "next big thing" regarding running backs in the state of Ohio, considering the fact OSU has offered none of the top senior backs in the state.

The Garfield standout, who has spent time working on his speed with former OSU track star, Olympian and Akron native Butch Reynolds, talked about his camp experience.

"I thought it was pretty nice," Wells said. "I liked it a lot down there. I'd say the biggest thing I got out of it was learning to work together as a team. They put you with other guys from other places, but you have to come together. We didn't know each other, but we went out and won the seven-on-seven (tournament) as a team.

"In just a couple days, you got to know some guys and you had to go out and play as a team. That was fun."

When asked why Ohio State would be in the running for his services, he said, "The stadium and the coaches. I can just imagine playing there in front of 100,000 people. I really like the coaches, too. They're pretty cool."

But do not expect this to be an easy decision for Wells. His cousin, Billy Taylor, played for Michigan in the late 1960s. He has also admitted an affinity for the Maize and Blue as he grew up.

"I am going up there to their camp and I am excited about that, too," he said. "I want to see how the coaching staff gets along and see how the coaches are to talk to."

Wells, one of nine children in his family, holds a 3.4 GPA through two years of high school. In an article by Gary Housteau in the spring edition of Ohio High, he talked about wanting to major in sports medicine.

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