ND Checks In With Wells

Recently, Notre Dame assistant coach Bill Lewis called Gainesville (Ga.) High to find out if Keith Wells would be interested in the Irish. It caught the four-star defensive end by surprise.

"It did," Keith Wells said. "Honestly, the only two schools I was considering that didn't shoot me an offer was Notre Dame and Georgia. Georgia didn't offer me because they already had too many defensive linemen committed. They're real deep along the defensive line and I understand that. I don't really want to go anywhere in-state anyways. Georgia is only 35 minutes from home."

Several other schools offered the 6-foot-5, 226-pound Wells a scholarship, and he took Florida State up on it in early August. Since his final prep football season ended, Wells has been taking official visits to make sure he made the right college decision.

Without an offer from Notre Dame, Wells can't really consider them.

"They haven't offered a scholarship and all these other schools have, it's hard to be interested," he said. "If they offered, I'd try and get up there on a visit."

Wells has the availability if Notre Dame wants it.

He has already visited Ohio State and Auburn. A trip to Florida State is set in stone the weekend of the Jan. 12th. Wells is "tentatively" set to check out Tennessee the following week.

So that gives Wells one more available official out of five, possibly two if he doesn't go to Knoxville. He is also thinking about visiting Clemson unofficially. The campus is only 45 minutes from his house.

"I'm not de-commiting or anything, I'm just taking visits to make sure Florida State is the place for me," Wells explained. "When I went down there, everything felt right about Florida State. I wanted to commit before the season, and that was my best bet right there. I felt I fit in there. Basically I'm just being 100 percent sure Florida State is the school I want to be at the next four or five years."

Wells, who reported a 3.1 GPA, planned to take an unofficial visit to Notre Dame over the summer for a football camp. But something came up and he had to cancel. He still kept up with the Irish this fall.

"I know they struggled a little bit this season," Wells said. "I watched them play a couple of games. Scheme wise, I could see myself playing in their defense.

"I know Notre Dame has a history of winning. National championships. Heisman Trophy winners. They definitely have a legacy. As far as an up-and-coming program, they have the nation's No. 1 recruiting class, so they have players coming in. Notre Dame would be a school I'd really be interested in, and I can tell there is a lot of change going on at Notre Dame. It's just a matter of time and when."

The answer to Lewis' question is that Wells is at the very least, intrigued.

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