Wells Eager To Get To Columbus

Bucknuts.com correspondent Bill Greene had a chance to spend a few moments with Akron Garfield running back Chris Wells as he appeared on a Canton-area radio show Tuesday night. Wells discussed signing with Ohio State and his hopes and plans for his OSU career. Click here for more.

We caught up with Akron Garfield running back Chris Wells the night before signing day to get his thoughts on starting his career at Ohio State.

Wells, ranked as the nation's No. 1 prospect by Scout.com, is eager to get to Columbus and talked about when he will enroll at Ohio State.

"I'll be moving to Columbus this weekend," said Wells. "I'm moving in with family we have there. I'll be enrolling for classes starting in the spring. I'm trying to line up a trainer now. I'll be joining the football team for spring practice and will play in the spring game."

Wells admitted that Wednesday's signing will be a dream come true for him.

"I'm real excited to get started," said Wells. "Tomorrow makes me an official Buckeye as soon as I sign on the dotted line. It's something I've wanted to do for quite a while. It's just great to know that tomorrow morning I'll finally be a Buckeye."

When did Wells know for sure that Ohio State would be his college destination?

"I knew for sure when I went to junior day," said Wells. "I had no plan to commit on that visit but I fell in love with Ohio State that day. The atmosphere in Columbus was awesome and I knew it was the right place for me."

Wells knows the Buckeye faithful will soon be comparing him to former running back Maurice Clarett. It's a comparison Wells does not mind.

"Maurice Clarett was one of the best backs I've ever seen at Ohio State," said Wells. "On the field, he was a great player. He got in trouble off the field but I don't see myself like that at all. My parents have taught me how to know the difference between right and wrong. I know who I am and I'll try to learn from his mistakes off the field and not do what he did. I'm just going to try to fit in with the rest of the guys and do whatever the team needs me to do."


Wells with his parents

Wells has already formed a bond with some of his future teammates.

"Of the incoming freshmen, I'm really tight with Ray Small, Robert Rose and Thad Gibson," said Wells. "We've started hanging out together and we're all about helping Ohio State win another championship."

Wells also has a strong friendship with the player he'll be competing against for playing time.

"Tony Pittman and I are good friends," said Wells. "There's no rivalry at all. He's like a big brother to me. He treats me great. It's like we're all one big family at Ohio State."

Wells expects to see playing time as a freshman but he has not been promised anything by the coaching staff.

"I don't see myself redshirting at all," said Wells. "There have been no promises at all. I'm just hoping to help the team any way I can."

Finally, Chris spoke about his future head coach Jim Tressel.

"Oh, man, where should I start?" said Wells. "He's just a great person and a great coach. He's the reason I'm going to Ohio State. I love the offense they run and I'm just anxious to go to work for him."

On the first day of spring football practice, Wells will get the chance to go to work for his new head coach.

Wells was considered the nation's No. 1 prospect by Scout.com, bringing a true blend of power and speed. It is unclear when or if Ohio State has ever signed the nation's No. 1 overall prospect previously.

During his four-year career at Akron Garfield, Wells rushed for 5,232 yards on 598 attempts and scored 61 touchdowns. In his senior season alone, Wells carried the ball 223 times for 2,134 yards (9.6 average) and scored 27 touchdowns.

He capped his career by rushing 36 times for 355 yards and scoring four touchdowns in a 42-28 loss to rival Akron Buchtel. The loss ended Garfield's season at 5-5.

Wells was a first-team All-Ohio pick in Division II and also was a member of the ONN/Ohio High All-Ohio team. He earned MVP honors in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, rushing 13 times for 67 yards and three touchdowns in the East team's win.

As a junior, Wells carried the ball 212 for 1,939 yards (9.1 average) and 20 touchdowns.


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