SoCal center has high interest in Spartans

Center Justin Wells of Saugus (Calif) High School recently attended a session of the San Jose State Spring Practice now in progress. Inside Sparta spoke with Justin after his visit to see how things went.

The San Jose State Spring football practices have been well attended by both junior college and high school prospects. Some are just checking things out, others are hoping to join those now going through drills and scrimmages on the Spartan Practice Field. One of the latter is center Justin Wells of Saugus (Calif) High School. Wells was at the April 3 session along with his mom. Afterwards he spoke with Inside Sparta about this visit and his interest in SJSU.

"I really like the campus, the facilites, and the atmosphere," he said. "They haven't offered me yet because they said they were saving the scholarship for a tackle. But if they did offer I'd take it in a heartbeat."

The 6-foot-2, 275-pound Wells is a First-team All-Foothill League offensive lineman on a Saugus team that finished the regular season at 7-3 and made it to the semi-finals of the CIF tournament before bowing out to powerhouse St. Bonaventure of Ventura by a score of 35-8.

The recent visit to SJSU wasn't the first for Wells. "I came up for camp last summer," he said. "I'd also been here once before with my family."

What the Spartan coaches have invited Wells to join the team as a preferred walk-on. "They said I could come up and join the team and if a scholarship opened up I might get one," he said. "I've talked to Coach (Steve) Morton and Coach (Kenji) Green and they are interested, but the aren't looking for a center because they took one last year." Morton is the offensive coordinator for SJSU, and Green coaches the defensive ends. Green came to SJSU as a walk-on offensive lineman in 2001. Freshman center Reuben Hasani out of Venice High School in Los Angeles is now on the team and participating in Spring Practice.

Wells said that other schools he is checking out include San Diego State and College of the Canyons, the local junior college. "I also went to the SDSU camp last summer," he said. "CoC is always a possibility, but I want to wait to see what San Jose will do."

He said he wants to major in criminal justice, and someday enter law enforcement. With a reported 3.3 grade-point average and a 1220 on the SAT Wells is fully qualified.

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