Over the past several weeks, we have unveiled Ohio High's top 105 football prospects for the Class of 2006. Today, we are up to the No. 1 spot on the list. Here is Duane Long's capsule on this prospect:
1. ***** Chris Wells
6-2 225 RB
In the past, I have asked the question, "Is Chris Wells the best back from Ohio since Maurice Clarett?" He answered that question with a vengeance this past season. Sharing time in the backfield with Marcus Council, an Ohio High top-100 player from the Class of 2005, Wells rushed for 1,939 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2004. He averaged 9.1 yards per carry.
The totals don't tell the story. Watching Wells run is the proof that he is the best since Clarett. He was such an impressive runner as a freshman and sophomore, but the jump he made this past year from an eye-catching big and athletic physical specimen to a very skilled and highly polished runner was as impressive a leap as I have seen. At this size, Wells runs with power, but to call him a power runner misses the boat. He is more than willing to drop a shoulder and run right over top of any tackler, but this is a big slasher with the shake and bake of a smaller back. He makes more opponents miss than Muhammad Ali. He can cut on a dime and not lose speed. That is a rare gift for a back this size.
Once tacklers get a hand on him is when he shows the power. Once he is corralled, he turns into a raging bull. I don't have a record of his yards after contact number, but I know it is an impressive one. The back I saw as a freshman and sophomore was more like Eddie George, but as a junior, I saw a back that reminded me more of O.J. Simpson and Eric Dickerson. But more than any back, he reminds me of current Oklahoma star Adrian Peterson.
If Wells is not the best back in the country, I would like to see the kid who is. Wells gave Ohio State a huge kickoff for the Class of 2006 by issuing a verbal commitment less than a week after the Class of 2005 signed their letters of intent. The new question on Wells is, is he better than Clarett? If he makes another jump in his senior year like he did in his junior year, the answer is yes.
We also have a video interview with Wells, conducted recently at the recent photo shoot and ceremony for the Tremendous 26 for the Ohio High School Football Guide, which provides capsules for football teams all over the state. To order your copy of the guide, check out http://www.jjhuddle.com/update/OHSSP2005.htm
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