Wells Plans To Visit Irish This Month

Notre Dame isn't done uncovering potential recruiting targets for this class. Keith Wells from Gainesville High School (Ga.) is a big, athletic defensive end that already has top scholarship offers, and he is hoping to earn an offer from Notre Dame.

Keith Wells (6-foot-5, 222 pounds) doesn't need anymore scholarship offers. He already has 18, but he's looking to add more. The big defensive end prospect will take the time to head up to Notre Dame to see if he can impress the Notre Dame coaching staff.

"About four or five weeks ago my coach sent my film up to them and they started recruiting me after that," Wells said when asked about his contact with Notre Dame. "I definitely have interest in Notre Dame. It's a great all-around school, they have a great football program, so I definitely have interest in them.

"I'm going to go up to one of their camps in the next three weeks. I've spoken with a couple of the coaches, coach Lewis and coach Brown a little. They actually came by my school. They wanted me to come up to one of their camps, so I'm going to go up and compete and see if they offer me a scholarship."

With his size, Wells could play several positions in Notre Dame's new ‘3-4' defense. He currently plays outside linebacker in his high schools ‘3-4' scheme, but he'd like to end up at defensive end in college.

"It depends on how Notre Dame utilizes their outside linebackers," Wells explained when asked where he'd play in the Irish defense. "I don't want to rush the passer every play and I don't want to be in coverage every play. I'd like to do both.

"I have the versatility to play either position, because of my athleticism, but I know with my body type that I will gain weight. I might get up to 260-270 pounds before it's all over, so I definitely want to play defensive end in college. I think I'll just be more comfortable there opposed to outside linebacker."

Although the Irish are coming into the recruiting process late, Wells is impressed enough with the Irish that he's going to keep the door open for them.

"I have my list down to about six schools," Wells said. "I want to focus on the top schools that I'm considering and the schools that I feel that I can succeed at. My top six schools that have offered are Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, Tennessee, Georgia Tech and North Carolina.

"I'm still pretty open to being recruited by Notre Dame and Georgia. If either of those schools offered me a scholarship, it could shake that list up a little bit. Notre Dame hasn't been recruiting me that long, so I can't shut them out at this time. I'm definitely going to work for a Notre Dame offer, so I'm going to go up and compete at their camp.

"As far as other schools that have been on me, I'm fairly set with the six schools I mentioned. I'm taking the summer to focus on those six. If I haven't been to their campus yet, I'm going to try to visit them to see what they have to offer."

As a junior, Wells had over 50 tackles and 12 sacks.


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