Three offers for Wells

A defensive lineman who can stuff the run and get after the quarterback is a necessity in any defense and Highland DT Justin Wells (6-3, 285) already has three D-1 offers to his name and he's already set up a visit to one of those schools. caught up with Wells recently and he updated us on recruiting and detailed why he ended up leaving Itawamba after a standout freshman season.

"I loved my time at Itawamba, but I had some family things come up and I needed to be closer to home," Wells told earlier this week. "This was just a better situation for me. I could take care of things with my family and still get to play some ball for a good squad."

Wells prepped at Bob Jones High School in Madison, Alabama and was highly recruited out of high school, but he fell two points short on his ACT so he headed to Itawamba where he was a menace to offensive lines across the NJCAA posting 47 tackles, 3.5 sacks and 14 tackles-for-loss.

"I'm quick off the ball and I get good penetration after the snap," Wells said. "I play the three tech, but I can play almost anywhere on the line. I like to get pressure on the quarterback the most, but sometimes you get asked to stuff the middle and I can do that too."

Besides possessing excellent size, Wells also has outstanding strength and athleticism, posting a 4.9 forty time during the summer while also putting up 360 pounds on the bench and 550 pounds on the squat.

On the recruiting front, Wells already has plenty of schools admiring what he can do on the gridiron and he's set up an official visit to one Big 12 school.

"I got offered by Kansas State, UAB and Louisville during the summer," Wells noted. "I'm going up to Kansas State on (September) 27th to check them out. They have a game against Louisiana-Lafayette, so I can go up there and see what they are all about and just get that experience of what (Manhattan, Ks.) feels like.

"I've got a lot of other schools looking at me, but mainly it's just letters. Memphis is the other school that is really on me a lot, but they haven't offered yet."

Wells said most schools are looking at him as a tackle, but because Kansas State runs the 3-4, they like him at end.

Wells is on pace to graduate in December and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

Highland who has started the season 1-1 faces Independence Community College this weekend.

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