Wells Getting Close To Decision

Will the Buckeyes land running back Maurice Wells of Jacksonville (Fla.) Sandalwood high school? The electric running back has returned from his trip to Georgia Tech and says a decision is right around the corner. Dave Biddle has more.

Running back Maurice Wells returned from his official visit to Georgia Tech this week, but still says Ohio State is the team to beat.

"It went all right at Georgia Tech," Wells said. "I had a good time, but I still really like Ohio State."

Wells will make his official announcement at the Army All-American game Jan. 15.

"I'm going to make my decision now shortly," he said. "I'm going to announce it publicly at the All-American game."

The 5-9, 185-pound Wells makes no bones that he is leaning towards committing to the Buckeyes.

"Ohio State is at the top of my list as of right now," he said. "I'm definitely leaning that way. But I'm going to sit down and talk things out with my family and come up with what I feel is the best decision."

Wells says USC is no longer in the picture. It's just Ohio State and Georgia Tech.

"Yeah, it's down to those two," he said.

Ohio State is losing three senior running backs and there might be an opportunity for a freshman to step right in and play.

"There is a big opportunity for playing time at Ohio State," Wells said. "They don't have many guys returning. They're losing Lydell Ross and those guys. The only guy they've got with a lot of carries returning is Antonio Pittman. I'm sure he's a good player and the other backs they've recruited out there, but I think I can come in and contribute and step in and make something happen. But I think that at Georgia Tech too. So, I'll just have to see how it works out."

Wells has made two visits to Columbus and said he felt comfortable each time. But is a kid from Florida ready for the somewhat harsh Ohio winters?

"That's not an issue at all," he said. "I really liked my visits to Ohio State. I talked to (Florida native) Nate Salley a lot. I met him both times I went up there. We just hung out a lot - he's a real cool guy. My host was Donte Whitner. He was real cool. I guess some of the other guys I'd want to mention is my recruiter Darrell Hazell. He's come by the school, come to the house, and I've talked to him on the phone a lot. He's just a real good coach and I like him a lot. And Doc Tressel, and of course (Jim) Tressel. I like all of those guys."

Wells says that the coaches from OSU or Georgia Tech can expect a call from him sometime before the Army All-American game. They will likely know his decision before he makes it public.

"I mean, that's just when I'm going to announce it," Wells said of the All-American game. "Once I make my decision, I will probably call the school beforehand and let them know they are the school of my choice. But as far as making it public, I am going to probably announce it at the game."

Wells says he's pretty close to making his decision.

"I don't know. It's getting toward the end," he said. "Signing day is in February and the game is Jan. 15, so, yeah, I'm getting kind of close. I can't really put a time on it, but I'm close."

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