Wells Reflects On OSU Visit

Chris Wells committed to Ohio State long ago, but finally took his official visit to OSU this past weekend. Wells was hosted by tailback Antonio Pittman and fullback Dionte Johnson. We caught up with the nation's top overall recruit for the latest.

Akron Garfield running back Chris Wells, ranked as the No. 1 overall prospect in the country by Scout.com, took an official visit to Ohio State last weekend.

The 6-2, 230-pound Wells committed to the Buckeyes last February and has made several unofficial visits to OSU. He used his official visit as a time to have fun, and give his sales pitch.

"It was real nice. I had a real good time," Wells said. "It was just like going home for the weekend. I'm always down in Columbus and it was nothing major. It was just fun. I talked to some of the recruits that were in, told them they should join me and just had a good time."

Wells, who rushed for 2,134 yards (9.6 per carry) and 28 touchdowns as a senior, was hosted by sophomore tailback Antonio Pittman and sophomore fullback Dionte Johnson. Never too early to get the running backs together.

"Oh yeah, it was cool," Wells said. "They just showed me stuff that I already knew."

Pittman, who currently has 1,195 rushing yards in what has become his breakthrough season, is a battle-tested Big Ten back. It's going to be hard to keep him out of the lineup next year, even with the arrival of the nation's top recruit.

Wells was asked for his thoughts on potentially sharing the load with Pittman, also an Akron native, in 2006.

"It's going to be real good," Wells said. "It's going to be good for Ohio State and it's going to be good for the city of Akron, too. Two running backs from Akron that played in the same high school league and now they're doing it again in college at a place like Ohio State. I think people back home and hopefully all Ohio State people are going to be excited for the both of us."

Akron has produced more than its share of talented athletes in recent years. Wells and Pittman are hoping to continue the trend.

"Oh yeah, it's real crazy," Wells said. "It's mainly because of the people who taught us when we were kids. We came out of the same pee-wee organization and it's just an area where sports are big."

Wells knew all about Pittman from an early age.

"Yeah, I always remember growing up hearing about him," Wells said. "Just hearing about how good he was. As we got older we got to know each other. He's always been cool. It's going to be fun being teammates for the first time."

Wells will graduate high school in the near future and will participate in OSU's spring practice.

"They're on quarters at Ohio State, so I won't enroll until March," Wells said.

The bruising running back already knows what he will major in at OSU.

"Broadcasting and communications," Wells said.

Sounds like someone setting themselves up for a post-NFL career in television.


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