Wells Reflects On Tour Of Ohio State

Jacksonville (Fla.) Sandalwood running back Maurice Wells, one of the nation's top prospects, spent Monday visiting Ohio State as part of a weeklong trip to Columbus. Click here for details on how the visit went as well as where things stand with his college choice.

Jacksonville (Fla.) Sandalwood running back Maurice Wells has completed his one-week journey to Ohio to spend time with his mother's relatives and also visit the Ohio State campus.

"My mom's whole side of the family lives there in Columbus," Wells told Bucknuts.com from his home in Florida. "My cousin graduated from Mifflin High School in Columbus and I attended her graduation."

Wells (5-10, 181, 4.32) spent time Monday at Ohio State.

"I met everybody," Wells said. "I spent time with Jim Tressel, (running backs coach) Doc Tressel, Darrell Hazell, all of the coaching staff. I also met a couple of the players, Nate Salley and Lydell Ross. I went there and liked everything I saw -- the locker room, the field. The two players I met were cool. Jim Tressel, I was impressed with him, too."

Wells discussed his day at Ohio State.

"I got over there at 8 o'clock and I met with Archie Griffin," Wells said. "I had a chance to sit and talk with him before he had to leave. That is something I can definitely tell my friends about.

"We went to the stadium and we saw the press box and the field. I went inside the locker room and the weight room. I took a campus tour and saw the college buildings."

Wells, who figures to be one of the nation's top running back prospects, confirmed that he is pretty much looking at just three schools -- Ohio State, USC and Georgia Tech.

"Those are my top schools," he said.

When asked if he had offers from any other schools that interest him, he replied, "Not really. Those are my top three."

"With Ohio State, I have a lot of family there and they would love to see me there. Plus, my dad's family is in Michigan and that's not that far away. I'm taking a hard look at Ohio State. I'm looking forward to coming back for my official visit. It will be another chance to see my family there. My unofficial visit was pretty impressive."

Regarding USC, Wells said, "Pete Carroll came to my school. I wasn't able to talk to him, but my coach said he was nice. They have showed me a lot of interest. On the first day that schools could call, May 1, they told me they would call at 12 o'clock and they did."

Georgia Tech may have an inside advantage -- assistant head coach Buddy Geis is the father of Wells' head coach at Sandalwood, Adam Geis.

"They were the first school to offer me," Wells said. "I like what they've had to say so far."

Wells still figures to wait until February to announce his choice on Jamie Newberg's "Countdown to Signing Day" show in Atlanta.

In the meantime, Wells said he plans to attend camp at Georgia Tech this summer, then spend the rest of his vacation getting ready for the fall season.

As a junior, Wells led the state of Florida in rushing with 3,076 yards and 31 touchdowns. The Florida Times Union Player of the year also also broke the state's single game rushing yard record with 429 yards.

In early May, Wells was named as the MVP of the Nike Camp at Atlanta. While at the camp, he ran a 4.4-second 40-yard time, he bench pressed 185 pounds 20 times and had a vertical leap of nearly 32 inches.

Wells holds a 3.7 GPA and scored an 890 on the SAT.


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