All Well That Ends Wells

Alex Wells' expectations when he was being recruited out of ASA Junior College in Brooklyn, N.Y. were pretty simple. "I wasn't looking for anything major, I just wanted to come play football, get an education and be able to look in the coaches' eyes and have them tell me they wanted me here," said Wells, who found that at Temple.

Alex Wells' expectations when he was being recruited out of ASA Junior College in Brooklyn, N.Y. were pretty simple.

"I wasn't looking for anything major, I just wanted to come play football, get an education and be able to look in the coaches' eyes and have them tell me they wanted me here," said Wells, who found that at Temple and is now competing for a safety spot in spring practice as a mid-year enrollee.

Temple football coach Matt Rhule noted since Wells came from a junior college that didn't have top-notch facilities, he has shown a little extra hunger .. .literally.

"He's not eating Ramen noodles for dinner and trying to play college football, he's eating a good meal," said Rhule. "When you're down in Brooklyn, you're not living in comfy dorms, you're in an apartment off campus, you don't come in entitled. You know one thing I've found is that when kids are a pain to recruit, they're a pain to coach. I told Alex I'll be in Brooklyn at 8 a.m., he's there waiting for me.

"He was a pleasure to recruit and he's a pleasure to coach. He's a really competitive kid, plays with a lot of effort, has a great feel for the game and has tremendous instincts. Things come natural for him, and he's going to be a great addition."

Wells was a first-team Junior College All-American at ASA. The Owls struggled in the secondary last year, and Wells was excited for the opportunity to compete for a starting spot.

"I think some kids make a mistake going to big schools because that's the dream," said Wells, a Baltimore native. "But I came here because there was a need at safety, I could get on the field, it's close to home, everything seemed good."

Wells admitted it's been a crash course trying to learn defensive coordinator Phil Snow's complex defense in the last couple months when the returning players have a year's head start.

"It's definitely hard, and right now I'm putting in a lot of work and doing my best to remember everything I can," said Wells. "I don't have any free space in my head, every space in my brain is in use."

Wells has immersed himself so much into school and football he said hasn't even had time to make new friends.

"The friends will come, but I came to get my work done first and prove myself," said Wells. "I didn't come to make friends. I came in to do a job. I want to be looked at like a Tyler Matakevich or a P.J. Walker. When people think of Temple football, I want them to think of Alex Wells as well."

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