Buckeyes After Georgia Defensive End

Gainesville, Georgia defensive end Keith Wells was offered a scholarship by Ohio State today. It's no secret the Buckeyes are looking to add help on the defensive line and assistant coach Luke Fickell visited Gainesville's spring practice today and issued the offer. The Ohio State wasn't the only offer this ultra-promising junior received today either.

The Ohio State Buckeyes headed south today and offered a scholarship to Gainesville, Georgia defensive end Keith Wells. Wells, 6' 5" and 210 pounds, already has offers from the likes of Alabama, Florida, Georgia Tech, Louisville and others. Wells also added another top offer today as well.

"Ohio State and Auburn were both at my spring practice today and both have offered me scholarships, " Wells announced. "Coach [Luke] Fickell is recruiting me for Ohio State and he told my coach they're offering me the opportunity to be a Buckeye. I haven't spoken with him yet but I hope to very soon."

Wells said the Buckeyes have only been recruiting him for a short while, so today's offer came as a pleasant surprise. At the same he admitted he was very excited to have the Ohio State offer.

"They only started contacting me through the school a few months ago," Wells admitted. "I'm very surprised they offered me and I'm very excited. I'm definitely interested on them. They're Ohio State. They played for the national title this past year. They're one of the top programs in the country. How could I not be interested?"

Wells talked about the recruiting process and how he's handling all the attention and notoriety that's suddenly been thrust upon him.

"This whole thing has been crazy, I mean really crazy," he said with a laugh. "I mean I now have offers from the two teams that played for the championship. I'm trying to take all this in stride, but I can't help but get excited. At the same time I'm trying to set an example for my teammates and let them know that they come first for me. My main goal is building up my team and winning football games."

Wells was hesitant to talk about his strengths, as a football player but wasn't shy about explaining how he approaches the game. His strong work ethic, combined with his obvious skill level, has led most of the top programs in the country to want to add him to their rosters.

"I'm not sure about the comparisons, but I've read people say I remind them of Jarvis Moss or Julius Peppers," Wells said modestly. "I think of myself as a player that uses his athletic ability to make plays. I use my size and speed to disrupt an offense. I play aggressive and I play until the whistle blows. If you have on a different shirt than I do, then you are the enemy. I'm only concerned with winning the game and nothing else when I'm on the field."

Wells had planned on committing before his senior season but now he's not too sure when he'll announce his decision.

"I wanted to commit before my season all along but now I'm not real sure," he explained. "Now that all these offers are rolling in I'm going to take my time and think it through. I'll probably narrow it down to 5 schools by the end of summer. I don't want to go through the whole season but I doubt I'll make my choice before the start of football."


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