Safety Myron Rolle, from The Hun School in Princeton, N.J., was Scout.com's top-ranked prospect in its preseason Hot 100, and now is ranked No. 5.
There is much sentiment among Scout analysts that Wells, who has committed to play for Ohio State, could have the same impact as Maurice Clarett did as a true freshman a few seasons ago for the Buckeyes. Wells, 6-foot-1, 225 pounds, finished his senior season with 2,134 yards and 27 touchdowns on 223 carries. He also did not have a strong supporting cast.
Wells had several 200-yard plus games this year and capped the season by going for 355 yards and four touchdowns on 36 carries against rival Buchtel of Akron, Ohio.
"Wells deserves to be the No. 1 player in the country because he's the most college ready running back in the country and he also has tremendous upside," said Chris Pool, Scout.com's Midwest Recruiting Editor. "The 6-1, 225-pounder is a powerful tailback that runs north-south with explosion. Wells has tremendous speed, he can make defenders miss and he'll be a difference maker in Columbus as a true freshman."
Offensive lineman Andre Smith of Birmingham, Ala; wide receiver Percy Harvin of Virginia Beach, Va.; running back/safety Stafon Johnson of Los Angeles, Calif., and others were considered for Scout.com's No. 1 spot. Wells got the nod in a close call over Smith.
"Wells is a big back with good speed," said Jamie Newberg, National Recruiting Editor at Scout.com. "He has the ability pound it between the tackles and run with authority. Wells has excellent balance, vision and can surprise you with his elusiveness and lateral movement. He just has that rare combination of size, speed, quickness and power that is so hard to find."
|Scout.com Top 10|
|1.||Chris Wells||RB||Akron, Ohio|
|2.||Andre Smith||OL||Birmingham, Ala.|
|3.||Percy Harvin||WR||Virginia Beach, Va.|
|4.||Stafon Johnson||RB/S||Los Angeles, Calif.|
|5.||Myron Rolle||S||Princeton, N.J.|
|6||Vidal Hazelton||WR||Chatham, Va.|
|7||Sam Young||OL||Fort Lauderdale, Fla.|
|8||Mitch Mustain||QB||Springdale, Ark. |
|9||Matthew Stafford||QB||Dallas, Texas|
|10.||Sergio Kindle||LB||Dallas, Texas|
Full Scout.com National Hot 100
Note – Scout.com will release all the revised regional 100s on Wednesday.