Wells Has First Class At OSU On Monday

It won't be long now before Ohio State fans will finally get their first glimpse of Chris Wells in the scarlet and gray colors of The Ohio State University. With spring football just around the corner, Wells is all set to move into his dorm room on Sunday and take his first college class on Monday. Once those formalities are out of the way, it will be time for football. Wells intends to stand out from the outset this spring as he makes a bid for playing time in the backfield in the fall.

On Monday, Chris Wells will officially be enrolled and taking classes at The Ohio State University.

"I move into my dorm on Sunday," Wells said, "and I have my first class, African American Studies, on Monday morning."

But Wells is enjoying his last few days back home in Akron before he makes his first trip down Interstate 71 as a student-athlete in college.

"It's good to be back home now," Wells said. "I've been in Columbus for about a month now, living with my cousin and working out. Everything's going really good."

Although he's been training on his own for the most part at Upper Arlington High School, Wells has still been able to get a vibe of what everything is going to be like when he's finally a member of the Buckeye football team from talking with some of the players and coaches on a regular basis.

"It seems like it's going to be real team-oriented from what I can tell," Wells said. "And it sounds like it's a real comfortable situation that I'll be going into."

Antonio Pittman is one of the guys that Wells has actually been in contact with the most while he's been down in Columbus. Of course, both Wells and Pittman are from the Akron area and neither expects any contentious relationship to develop between them when they officially become teammates.

"I talk to Tony every day. Everything's cool," Wells said. "He's been encouraging me to work hard."

Wells insists that he's going to go about his business, once he becomes a Buckeye, in the same manner that he always has.

"I'm just going to be doing something that I've been doing all of my life and that's play football," he said. "I'm going to go down there and try help the team in any way that I can. I expect it to be exciting, it's football."

Coming off an MVP performance in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, the expectations for greatness in his freshman season are greater than ever for Wells. And he's ready for the challenge.

"I want this real bad," he said. "I just can't see myself not playing or sitting on the bench. I've never sat the bench before and I don't intend to now. I'm not patient at all and this is something I'm really looking forward to. I can not sit the bench."

The nation's consensus number-one ranked prep running back has really set the bar high for himself at the college level.

"I want to be the best running back to ever play football at Ohio State. That's my main goal," Wells said. "This is a great opportunity. Who wouldn't want to be in my shoes? So I'm just going to go out and work hard and do what I've been doing all of my life. And have some fun doing it."

And if, in the end of his career at Ohio State, he was good enough to have had the kind of career that an Eddie George had as a Buckeye, then maybe he too will win at least one Heisman Trophy and have his own restaurant on High Street. Wells recently had a chance to do a television interview with George and he was grateful for it.

"It was great just to have a chance to sit down with Eddie George and learn the ropes and hear from him what it's going to be like at Ohio State and what I'm going to be stepping into," Wells said. "It's just an honor and a blessing from God not just to be able to talk with Eddie George but to have the chance to be able to do some of the things that he's done in his career."

But in the same breath, Wells was quick to put the whole experience with George in perspective.

"Yeah it was exciting," he said, "but he puts his pants on like I put on mine. So anything (he's done) is possible."

Wells clearly has a firm grasp on reality. He's been in regular contact with Jim Bollman and Dick Tressel since he's been in Columbus to make sure he's prepared when he officially becomes a member of the team.

"I'm really excited. I can't even explain it," said Wells as he makes his final preparations to head down to Ohio State. "It's overwhelming just to go to college and be out of high school. I can only imagine what it's going to be like playing at the college level in football."

He'll get a big taste of it in spring ball. Wells will get his first chance to show that he belongs at the college level when spring football begins on March 30.

"I just want to separate myself from everybody else out there," Wells said. "I want to stand out from the competition from the very beginning."

Of course he'll have an even greater opportunity to shine during the spring if his good friend Pittman misses out on any part of the spring workouts. It has been widely reported that Pittman sustained a hamstring injury that may force him to miss all or a part of the spring sessions.

"I didn't even think of it like that," Wells said. "I just want to show my coaches what I can do when I'm out there. I'm excited. Really excited."

He's certainly not the only one.


 

 



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\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n","mobileBody":"On Monday, Chris Wells will officially be enrolled and taking classes at The Ohio State University.

\"I move into my dorm on Sunday,\" Wells said, \"and I have my first class, African American Studies, on Monday morning.\"

But Wells is enjoying his last few days back home in Akron before he makes his first trip down Interstate 71 as a student-athlete in college.

\"It's good to be back home now,\" Wells said. \"I've been in Columbus for about a month now, living with my cousin and working out. Everything's going really good.\"

Although he's been training on his own for the most part at Upper Arlington High School, Wells has still been able to get a vibe of what everything is going to be like when he's finally a member of the Buckeye football team from talking with some of the players and coaches on a regular basis.

\"It seems like it's going to be real team-oriented from what I can tell,\" Wells said. \"And it sounds like it's a real comfortable situation that I'll be going into.\"

Antonio Pittman is one of the guys that Wells has actually been in contact with the most while he's been down in Columbus. Of course, both Wells and Pittman are from the Akron area and neither expects any contentious relationship to develop between them when they officially become teammates.

\"I talk to Tony every day. Everything's cool,\" Wells said. \"He's been encouraging me to work hard.\"

Wells insists that he's going to go about his business, once he becomes a Buckeye, in the same manner that he always has.

\"I'm just going to be doing something that I've been doing all of my life and that's play football,\" he said. \"I'm going to go down there and try help the team in any way that I can. I expect it to be exciting, it's football.\"

Coming off an MVP performance in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, the expectations for greatness in his freshman season are greater than ever for Wells. And he's ready for the challenge.

\"I want this real bad,\" he said. \"I just can't see myself not playing or sitting on the bench. I've never sat the bench before and I don't intend to now. I'm not patient at all and this is something I'm really looking forward to. I can not sit the bench.\"

The nation's consensus number-one ranked prep running back has really set the bar high for himself at the college level.

\"I want to be the best running back to ever play football at Ohio State. That's my main goal,\" Wells said. \"This is a great opportunity. Who wouldn't want to be in my shoes? So I'm just going to go out and work hard and do what I've been doing all of my life. And have some fun doing it.\"

And if, in the end of his career at Ohio State, he was good enough to have had the kind of career that an Eddie George had as a Buckeye, then maybe he too will win at least one Heisman Trophy and have his own restaurant on High Street. Wells recently had a chance to do a television interview with George and he was grateful for it.

\"It was great just to have a chance to sit down with Eddie George and learn the ropes and hear from him what it's going to be like at Ohio State and what I'm going to be stepping into,\" Wells said. \"It's just an honor and a blessing from God not just to be able to talk with Eddie George but to have the chance to be able to do some of the things that he's done in his career.\"

But in the same breath, Wells was quick to put the whole experience with George in perspective.

\"Yeah it was exciting,\" he said, \"but he puts his pants on like I put on mine. So anything (he's done) is possible.\"

Wells clearly has a firm grasp on reality. He's been in regular contact with Jim Bollman and Dick Tressel since he's been in Columbus to make sure he's prepared when he officially becomes a member of the team.

\"I'm really excited. I can't even explain it,\" said Wells as he makes his final preparations to head down to Ohio State. \"It's overwhelming just to go to college and be out of high school. I can only imagine what it's going to be like playing at the college level in football.\"

He'll get a big taste of it in spring ball. Wells will get his first chance to show that he belongs at the college level when spring football begins on March 30.

\"I just want to separate myself from everybody else out there,\" Wells said. \"I want to stand out from the competition from the very beginning.\"

Of course he'll have an even greater opportunity to shine during the spring if his good friend Pittman misses out on any part of the spring workouts. It has been widely reported that Pittman sustained a hamstring injury that may force him to miss all or a part of the spring sessions.

\"I didn't even think of it like that,\" Wells said. \"I just want to show my coaches what I can do when I'm out there. I'm excited. Really excited.\"

He's certainly not the only one.


 

 


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