To say Navasota defensive lineman Jordan Wells had a monster junior season would be an understatement.
The 6-foot, 280-pounder flat out dominated and overpowered the opposition to the tune of 164 tackles, 15 sacks, 33 quarterback hurries and nine forced fumbles en route to leading the Rattlers to a 39-3 over Gilmer in the 3A Division I state championship, where he was named Defensive MVP.
Why no school has extended an offer remains a mystery. But SMU could very well be the first school to throw its name in the hat. The Mustangs failed to fill a huge void at nose tackle in last year's class, and Wells could be the perfect fit in SMU's 3-4 scheme.
Wells is unsure exactly how close the Ponies are to extending a scholarship but was happy to meet defensive line coach Bert Hill, who made an in-school visit last month.
"I wasn't able to make it to their junior day, but a couple of weeks ago my coach pulled me out of class," he said. "I was a little surprised, but it was great to meet Coach Hill. He told me they were interested in me and that Coach (June) Jones thinks I would be a great player for them."
Wells plans on attending an SMU camp in the summer and is very interested in the program and the prospect of being a pure nose tackle. At Navasota, Wells lines up at both defensive end and defensive tackle.
"I like SMU a lot. I watched them a few times this season and like the way the play," he said. "I think nose tackle would be the best place for me in college so the 3-4 would be a good defense for me. I'm looking for good academics and a winning team, and I think SMU can offer that."
Wells has also received interest from Houston, Lamar and Stephen F. Austin. He says he has been working diligently this offseason to add muscle and hopes his stock rises after he attends summer camps.
"I've been hitting the weight room hard. But I've also been out on the field doing a bunch of drills," he said. "I think things will pick up once I show what I can do this summer."
SMU Targeting Dominant Nose Tackle
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