Garfield (Akron, Ohio) High running back Chris Wells was clearly one of the early targets on the Michigan Wolverines' class of 2006 recruiting list. As a matter of fact, after his camp performance in Ann Arbor last summer, he appeared to have vaulted up near the top of it. Early on the 6-1, 230-pounder, (who is considered by many analysts to be the top prospect in the Buckeye state), made no secret of the fact that it would probably be a two-horse race between traditional rivals Ohio State and Michigan for his services. The competition ended up being a very short one though, as he became Ohio State's first verbal for the 2006 class back in February.
With his decision apparently firm, his recruitment seemed to be over. That's why there was a significant level of surprise when the bruising runner hit the Big House field for Michigan's final spring practice Saturday. According to Wells, the staff put its best foot forward…even taking him to speak with a Maize and Blue legend. "It went pretty good," Wells said of the visit. "I met with Coach Carr and Coach Schembechler. Coach Schembechler told me about the school and what the tradition was like there."
In light of the visit, the obvious question is does Wells still consider himself a solid Buckeye commitment.? "Pretty much, yeah," he said. "I still like to think about other schools in the back of my mind, but it's pretty much … I'm a Buckeye."
Wells indicated that his visit should not be taken as him wavering on his choice. Rather, it should be viewed as him confirming that he made the right one. "I just went up there to see a good team play good football," he said. "I had planned to come up there for the spring game because it was the first spring game in the area, and I just wanted to go up there. I haven't really talked to them (the Ohio State staff) about it, but I'm pretty sure that they know that's where I want to be and that my heart is in Ohio. I'm pretty sure they wouldn't mind."
With his visit to Ann Arbor out of the way and him practically certain that he will spend his college days in Columbus, will Wells take any more trips? "I really don't even know right now," he said. "I can't call it right now, but if I did, Michigan would be one of them."