Wells Focusing In-State

Matthew Wells

Running back Matthew Wells says that Ole Miss and Mississippi State are still the teams to beat. He plans on attending the Mississippi State/Ole Miss game on Nov. 28. "I'm just going for fun," Wells said. "I won't be rooting for anyone." Wells says that he won't make a decision until after the season and feels he may end up taking only a couple of official trips.

Matthew Wells, the 6-foot-2, 202-pound four-star running back from Lawrence County High School in Monticello, Miss., still says that Ole Miss and Mississippi State are the teams to beat and admits that Southern Miss has entered the picture in a stronger way.

The Rebels and Bulldogs lead solidly over Southern Miss and Tennessee. All of his favorites have offered.

He's already attended several games at both Ole Miss and Mississippi State, but doesn't have any official visits set up yet. "I'm working on it," Wells said. "I'll try and take them soon. I've been talking with Southern Miss about taking a trip too. I should have that set soon."

His former teammate, Kendrick Hardy, is a freshman running back for the Golden Eagles. "I haven't really talked to him much about recruiting or anything," Wells said. "It's cool that he's there and that's one reason I want to check them out. It seems like a pretty nice campus and the program is coming up."

Wells also plans on being in attendance when Mississippi State takes on Ole Miss on Nov. 28. "I'm just going for fun," he said. "I won't be rooting for anyone."

He was also on hand to see the Bulldogs host LSU on Sept. 26 and Florida on October 24. "They've been pretty impressive this year," he said about the Bulldogs. "They have a new coach and are doing pretty good.

"They're playing a lot of freshman, which is cool," Wells said. "They're still a young team and I think I'd be able to come in and play early. They want me as an athlete and said they'd definitely get me the ball."

Wells was at Ole Miss to see Southeastern Louisiana on Sept. 19 and Alabama on Oct. 10.

"The campus at Ole Miss is great," he said. "I feel very comfortable there. I like the coaches a lot and the type of offense they run. The coaches are great and I feel like I could talk to them about anything.

"They haven't played as well as everyone thought they would," he said about the Rebels 5-3 record. "But they're still doing well and I think they'll be good for a while."

Wells says that he won't make a decision until after the season and admits he may not have time to take all five visits. "I might just take a couple," he said. "Really I want to see where I feel the most at home and comfortable."

The lone out-of-state school on Wells' final list is Tennessee, and he says the Vols aren't out of the race yet. "Tennessee is looking good this year," he said. "I like them a lot and I just want to go there and get to know the coaches better and see what it's like."

Scout.com's No. 25 running back has missed four games this season with a pulled groin. His team is 7-4 and in the seven games he has played in, he says he's scored 14 touchdowns on around 800 yards gained.

He reports a 2.8 core GPA and a 16 ACT, which he plans on retaking in December.

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