UNC Among Ga. DE's Favorites

Returning the heavy interest he's receiving, Keith Wells lists North Carolina as one of his favorite schools.

"Right now, they're just really heavily recruiting me; I really like that," said Wells. "When a school shows that much interest in me, it shows they have confidence in my ability.

"I also like what Butch Davis has planned for the Tar Heels for the next couple of years and I really, really like their facilities. I just think North Carolina would be a good school to go to."

After exchanging text messages for a couple of months with Tommy Thigpen, his primary recruiter, North Carolina extended a scholarship offer to Wells, a 6-foot-5 210-pound defensive end from Gainesville (Ga.).

"They called my coach and told him that they officially wanted to offer me," said Wells. "So my coach called me and told me to call one of their coaches and just hear it for myself."

In addition to UNC, Wells has received scholarship offers from Georgia Tech, Marshall, and South Carolina.

Approximately two weeks ago, Wells decided to unofficially visit UNC with his mother.

"First of all, they offered me, so I thought the least I could do is come up and check out their campus and get to meet a few members of their coaching staff. And you know I'm really, really interested in North Carolina," said Wells. "So I wanted to go up and see their facilities and just talk with their coaches and see what they have to offer."

While in Chapel Hill, Wells drove around the campus and toured the football facilities.

"Man, Chapel Hill is beautiful," said Wells. "They have one of the best campuses I've seen so far. The football facilities, they were really good. And the plan they have for the football facilities are really nice and really impressive."

Part of Wells' tour was conducted by Butch Davis, UNC's first-year head coach. Davis concluded the tour with a stop in his office for a meeting with Wells and his mother.

"Basically, he was telling us the importance of an education as a student athlete," said Wells. "He wants all of his players to get a degree. And [he touched on] where he plans on taking the football program within the next couple of years."

Wells also spoke extensively with Thigpen.

"Honestly, we weren't really talking a whole lot about recruiting," said Wells. "He just gave me an opportunity to get to know him and he was taking the opportunity to get to know me. So we were just hanging out as if we were just friends."

Wells then sat down with John Blake, UNC's defensive line coach, for a more football related conversation.

"He was just telling me he could really, really see me playing on that defense," said Wells. "He was just really, really excited about them offering me a scholarship and recruiting me as hard as they are. He was just telling me he would be evaluating me over the next couple of months to see how much I improved."

After a meal, Wells and his mother were on their way back to Georgia.

This spring, Wells has also unofficially visited Clemson, Georgia, and Georgia Tech.

Wells, who hopes to visit all of his interested schools at some point, plans on visiting South Carolina in the next couple of weeks.

Before the end of the summer, Wells said he would like to have his recruitment out of the way.

"I want to commit before the season, but I know the more scholarships I get the more that I'll push it back," said Wells. "I want to take the time to explore all of my options."

Wells has a soft list of favorites, which includes the Tar Heels.

"The schools that I know most about have to be up there as favorites, which are North Carolina and Georgia Tech – no particular order," said Wells. "Other schools that are really showing a lot of interest that I like are Georgia, Louisville, and Florida. All of those schools that I named have a history of winning and their football programs seem to be headed in a good direction."

In addition to the football program, come decision time Wells will also evaluate the schools academic opportunity – including whether they offer his favored majors of aerospace engineering and business management – and campus life.

In his first season at defensive end, Wells collected 60 tackles including 10 sacks as a junior. With a year of experience under his belt, Wells, who missed his sophomore season with a broken leg, said he expects to have a much better season this fall.

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