An Offer Could Turn Into A Visit

As of right now, four-star defensive end Keith Wells is planning on taking his fifth and final visit to Miami, the weekend of Feb. 2. However if early this week, a certain school that hasn't yet made a scholarship offer quickly steps to the table with a full ride, the Gainesville, Ga. product could spontaneously choose to visit that program instead.

The ball is kind of in Notre Dame's court.

"I think I'm going to take Miami as my last visit if things don't go through with Notre Dame," Keith Wells said.

The now 6-foot-6 ("I think I got taller), 235-pound Wells is considering Ohio State, Tennessee, Miami, Florida and Notre Dame, with Feb. 6 and National Signing Day quickly approaching.

Wells is no longer considering Florida State, a program he at one point was verbally committed to. After his senior season, where had around 80 tackles and nine sacks, Wells, who pledged to the Seminoles back in August, wanted to take some visits and make sure he made the right decision.

"I'm done with Florida State," Wells stated. He was a soft verbal to the Seminoles until early this month. "Since I de-committed, I haven't heard anything from the coaches. So I guess they're done with me to. But it's all good. I appreciate everything they did for me.

"Now I'm just weighing my options," he continued. "Now I'm just looking for consistency as far as recruiting. Coaches that that will be real with me. Not coaches that will tell me I can come in and start as a freshman. It's possible, but not likely. I really hate when coaches try and do that. If they do that, that eliminates them. Some schools have done that in the past."

Notre Dame assistant coach Bill Lewis has not been one of them. In December, he got in touch with Wells and asked if he'd be interested in the Irish. In a nutshell, Wells told him with an offer, yeah. The two parties have been in contact once or twice a week since, and Lewis made a visit to Gainesville High last Thursday.

"I spoke to him for awhile," Wells said. "He was telling me all about Notre Dame, and what's good about Notre Dame. He was explaining to me what a degree from Notre Dame means, how all the players graduate, and just the perks of being a football player at Notre Dame.

"I told him if they offered a scholarship I'd have to consider it. If they never offer, I can't be interested. He got some game tape to take back with him to see if they can go ahead and give a scholarship offer."

"I haven't spoken with him since Thursday."

Wells has already officially visited Ohio State, Auburn and Tennessee. He is headed to Florida this coming weekend, and still has no idea where he'll be playing college football.

"I'm just weighing my options right now," Wells said. He has a 3.1 GPA. "Just trying to find where I feel most comfortable, and where I'll be the most successful. All my options are pretty good, so I'll be successful anywhere I go. I just have to work."

Notre Dame may have to work on Wells' Mother a little.

"My Mom, she thinks it's alright," Wells said. "She didn't like the fact that they only won a couple of games this year. But I know Notre Dame's a young team, real young. They got a lot of top-named guys in this recruiting class. I say in about two years they should be back up there. They're on the rebound, building up the program. My mom, she'll support me no matter where I go. I'm the one that has to make the decision."

The first decision might be a visit to Miami or Notre Dame.


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