Gainesville DE Lands First Two Offers

Gainesville defensive end Keith Wells is among the top players at his position in 2008. Wells just recently picked up his first two scholarship offers.

Gainesville, Ga. - Earlier this week, Georgia Tech and Marshall offered Gainesville High defensive end Keith Wells a scholarship.   Though very excited, he is trying to take a level-headed approach to his recruiting.

"It's a good feeling," said Wells.  "Honestly, I'm just trying to stay humble about it.  I try not to let it get inside my head because I really haven't accomplished anything yet."

"I'm just trying to work hard and prove to everybody why they did offer me.  I'm just trying to work, so I can actually play at the next level. Just to get a full ride to any school is a blessing."

Wells received his latest offer from the Rambling Wreck during an unofficial visit with Head Coach Chan Gailey on Wednesday.

"I've been talking to a few of the Georgia Tech coaches and they had been wanting me to come down and tour the campus," said Wells. "That's when I spoke to Coach Chan Gailey and he informed me that they wanted to offer me a scholarship to Georgia Tech. So I went down there, we toured the campus and they offered me a scholarship."

Marshall was the first program to offer the 6-foot-5, 210-pounder.  Defensive Secondary Coach Paul Nichols notified Wells that they were ready to offer.

"One of the players on our team (C.J Wood) was being heavily recruited by Marshall, so I guess that's how they found out about me" said Wells. "Marshall called me on Tuesday and they informed me that they wanted to offer me a scholarship."

"I don't know much about Marshall, but I'm suppose to be going up there for their spring game in a couple of weeks. I stay in touch with Coach Nichols and a lot of the coaches up there at Marshall."

Wells is a tough, competitive performer with a street-fighter mentality. 

"On the field, I have this attitude that nobody is going to stop me," Wells said. "I sort of have that confidence about me to where I play very nasty and aggressively on the field.  The other team is my enemy."

"I try to keep that separate from my everyday life. I'm actually a pretty nice guy, but on the football field, I'm kinda dirty, nasty and aggressive."

Gradually, he has emerged as one of the state's top defensive end prospects in 2008.

"This year I was just trying to get my name out there, but next year I want them to recognize that I'm a D-I prospect.  I want to let them know that I do have the talent to play at a top D-I University.  I'm not the biggest guy. I try to use my speed and athleticism as an advantage over the three hundred pound tackles."

Wells says that he has received interest from Louisville, North Carolina, Mississippi State, Connecticut and Arkansas, among others.  

Which programs stand out for the Georgia Prep Star from Gainesville, Ga?

"Absolutely Georgia Tech," said Wells. "My Mom really likes Georgia Tech. That's a school we've been talking about over the years.  It would be good to play at a school like Georgia Tech."

Definitely Louisville.  I'm getting a lot of interest from them and I think they could be close to offering.  I want to learn a lot more about Marshall.  I want to go up and see what kind of school it is.  I think that's about it right now."

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