Heels in Strong Pursuit of Wells

When Keith Wells narrowed his list of scholarship offers to six finalists earlier in the month, North Carolina made the cut. And he'll likely be in Chapel Hill this coming weekend.

"Coaching was a really big factor in [UNC] making the cut," said Wells, a 6-foot-5 210-pound defensive end from Gainesville (Ga.). "As far as coaching-wise, they're one of the schools definitely on the top of my list.

"Their plans for adding onto the stadium, and their facilities are very, very impressive. And I know Butch Davis is going to get them where they need to be."

Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Ohio State, and Tennessee also find themselves on Wells' short list.

"Out of all the schools that have offered me, those six schools are the six schools that I can see myself thriving at, excelling and going to the next level," said Wells.

"Other schools like Notre Dame and UGa, I'm still pretty open to those guys. But, the rest of these schools, I'm just telling them ‘Thanks for everything.' Those six are the ones that I'm most interested in."

Both Georgia and Notre Dame have yet to extend a scholarship offer.

"[Offers from either UGa or Notre Dame] probably would shake that list a little bit," said Wells. "But at the same time, I'll still be open to [my favorite] schools."

In a couple of months, Wells hopes to narrow his list of favorites further to a final three or four schools. He will then aim to make a verbal commitment before the start of his senior football season.

"I don't want to be frustrated with all this decision making," said Wells. "Come the season, I just want to focus on my team, get better, and just have a really good senior season."

Before eliminating any more schools, Wells will make sure he has unofficially visited all of his favorites.

During the Evaluation Period, both John Blake and John Lovett dropped by Gainesville High School on separate occasions.

Wells says UNC keeps in contact with him "often." Blake and Tommy Thigpen text him regularly, while he calls Blake almost weekly.

"They've been trying to get me to come to one of their camps to compete," said Wells. "I'm looking forward to working with Coach Blake. That's why I'm really excited about going to their camp."

Wells is considering UNC's one-day camp on June 2nd. He's also looking to camp at Florida, Georgia, and Notre Dame.

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