Wells Liked LA But Loves Ohio State

When the two-time defending national champions express an interest in you, you have to go take a look. That's what Chris Wells was thinking when he decided to take an official visit to the University of Southern California. Wells loved everything on his visit, his first-ever trip to LA, but he realized that "there's no place like home and there's no place like Ohio State." Wells still intends to graduate from Garfield in January and enroll at Ohio State in time for the spring quarter.

There were certainly a lot of things that Chris Wells loved on his official visit to the University of Southern California this past weekend.

"The weather was great and it was pretty nice out there," said Wells. "I really liked the whole atmosphere and I liked being around the players. Coach Carroll was cool. They weren't serious all the time. They liked to have fun and it showed."

Fred Davis of Toledo Rogers High School was Wells' host for the weekend and he spent some time hanging out with Dwayne Jarrett as well.

"I'm glad I got to check out Hollywood," Wells said. "And it was my first time I ever went to the ocean."

Wells also enjoyed being in the Coliseum where the Trojans hosted Stanford.

"I really liked watching the players dominate so quickly in the game," he said. "It was a fun game to watch."

The USC coaching staff didn't let Wells get out of town without applying their own version of the full-court press.

"They threw it all at me," Wells said. "It was mainly Coach (Pete) Carroll and Coach (Todd) McNair."

They even let Wells know that he could enroll early just as easily there as he could at Ohio State.

"With Lendale (White) and Reggie (Bush) leaving next year, they said I would have an opportunity to play as soon as possible," Wells said. "(White) is my dude. He's cool as heck. He's the most down to earth person there is."

But, in the end, the trip did nothing to change his feelings about Ohio State.

"Yeah, nothing's changed. There's no place like home and there's no place like Ohio State," Wells said. "Ohio State is where I've always wanted to be and it's where I'll be."

Wells said he just found out that he will be graduating on the 17th of January from Garfield and consequently will not enroll at Ohio State until the spring quarter.

"But I'm going to go down to Ohio State as soon as possible to work out," said Wells who will be able to renew his relationship with Butch Reynolds, a strength and conditioning assistant at OSU. "I don't want to fall out of condition because it's real hard to get back in shape."

Wells will compete in the U.S. Army All-American game in San Antonio on Jan. 7 and then his focus will be solely on Ohio State.

"I really can't wait to be a Buckeye," he said. "It won't be long now."

Wells will unofficially attend the Ohio State-Northwestern game on Saturday where he'll have a chance to meet up with his good friend Tyrell Sutton. He has yet to set his official visit date to Ohio State.

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