Georgia DE Has Five Schools on Top

Gainesville (GA) defensive end Keith Wells is one of the fastest rising prospects in America right now, as the athletic lineman has received scholarship offers from nine different schools over the past two weeks. Those new additions have brought his offer total to fourteen, and while Wells says he is open to all of the schools that have offered him thus far, five schools currently stand out.

The 6'5", 220 pound Wells, who racked up 12 sacks and over 50 tackles as a junior last season, said he has had a busy past couple of weeks with several schools throwing their hat in the ring for his services, but he admitted that five schools currently stand out the most to him.

"Boston College, Louisville, Florida, Miami, Alabama, Auburn, Ohio State, Mississippi State and Central Florida have all offered me within the last couple of weeks," said Wells. "All of the schools that have offered me this far are my favorites, but if I'd have to say that any schools stood out at this point, I'd say definitely Florida, Ohio State, Alabama, Georgia Tech and South Carolina."

Even though Wells has not yet visited Columbia, the Gamecocks have quietly become a factor with him in recent weeks, and he shared what interests him about the South Carolina program.

"(I like) where their football program is headed, as in the direction of the football program during the years I'll be there. I know that Steve Spurrier plans on doing some really great things with South Carolina's program, so that really impresses me about South Carolina. I haven‘t (been on campus there yet), but I‘m really looking forward to going up."

Another factor that Wells likes about USC is the relationship that he has developed with his recruiter, Coach Shane Beamer.

"He's real cool. A lot of times he'll text me or he'll call me and we'll talk. We won't even talk about things recruiting-wise. We'll just talk about school and how things are going. He's just a real cool guy, and it's easy to talk to him."

Wells also discussed his excitement of being offered by the two teams that played for the BCS Championship Game last season, Florida and Ohio State.

"It's exciting. It's real exciting. The two best teams in the country last year and the next year they're recruiting me. Both of the teams have offered me, and it's really a blessing and exciting at the same time."

Wells, who has made visits to North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Georgia, and Clemson thus far, said he will look for several different factors when deciding on the school of his choice.

"Definitely academics, whether a school offers my major or not and all the academic answers that a school offers. (I'll look at) the different type of academic programs that are going on at the school. The second thing would be the direction of the football program and where the football program would be in my few years there. I'd say the third thing is campus life and student life, as far as how the students interact with each other and just things to do on campus when you're not doing things football-related."

The Peach State standout acknowledge that he would like to have a decision made before beginning his senior season this fall.

"It's hard to say right now because the offers keep rolling in, but I know I'm going to narrow my schools down at the end of June. Hopefully, if it's possible, I want to make a decision by our first game."

While he has a great frame to grow into and all of the physical tools to succeed on the college level, Wells said it's his determination that truly sets him apart on the football field.

"Honestly, I'm just a playmaker. I'm ferocious. My mentality on the field is that nobody can block me. I just don't stop until I hear the whistle, and even after I hear the whistle, sometimes I still don't stop. I'm just an aggressive, ferocious football player."

Wells helped lead his Gainesville team to an 8-3 record last season before losing in the first round of the state playoffs, but with a young team returning in the fall, he has set a few simple goals for his senior season.

"To be a leader. We have a really, really young defense. We have a really young team overall, so they're looking for guys to step up and be a leader, and that's what I want to do. I want to step up and show these guys that if they follow, I'll lead, and I'll do everything I can to make the team better. Honestly, I‘m not setting any individual goals for myself at this point. I just want to play hard every snap and show everybody that I'm the best defensive end in the state."

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