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Wells Visiting Hattiesburg
Matthew Wells, the 6-foot-1, 202-pound four-star running back from Lawrence County High School in Monticello, Miss., has three finalists, but says the teams to beat are Mississippi State and Ole Miss. Southern Miss is a distant third. Wells, ranked as the No. 27 running back in the country by Scout.com, will be taking his first official visit on Jan. 8 to Southern Miss. He had an in-home visit from a couple Golden Eagles coaches last Thursday, Dec. 3. "They said I'd be able to come in and play early," he said. "They are an up-and-coming program," Wells said about Southern Miss. "They really need some big recruits to make that next step" A day before he hosted the Southern Miss coaches, he met with Ole Miss running backs coach Derrick Nix. "He said they like how I run," he said. "I think I'd be able to get the ball early." After a lot of pre-season hype, the Rebels finished the season with an 8-4 record. Was Wells surprised that they weren't able to live up to expectations? "It's still a good program," he said. "They didn't do as good as they hoped but they still made a bowl game. "I don't know how well they'll do next year," Wells admitted. "They've got some guys leaving. It'll be a good opportunity to come in and compete and do some big things." He says he also likes Rebels headman, Houston Nutt. "He's a great coach," he said. "I like him a lot. He's real straight-forward and will joke around and have fun with you." Wells will be visiting Ole Miss officially on Jan. 22. Although it wasn't an official visit, he did attend the Mississippi State/Ole Miss game on Nov. 28. "I was there," he said excitedly. "It was real crazy. That's the loudest I've ever heard that place. Mississippi State played great. It was a big win." He says that the Bulldogs are recruiting him the hardest. "They're always the first ones to call and they were the first ones to come to my house," he said. Mississippi State's running backs coach Greg Knox, safeties/recruiting coordinator Tony Hughes and wide receivers coach Mark Hudspeth were all at Wells' home on Monday, Nov. 30. "They are nice," he said about the Bulldogs coaching staff. "They said that I'm very important to their program and that I can be a big part of their success. They had a pretty good season and they're getting better too." Tennessee used to be on Wells' list, but he says the Vols are no longer recruiting him. "I ain't heard from them in awhile," he said. Wells says he doesn't have a time frame for making a decision. "I haven't thought about it yet," he said. "I don't even know what it's gonna come down to." So how does Wells separate his two favorites, Ole Miss and Mississippi State, in his mind? "They're real similar," he said. "They both have good coaches and players. They are both losing backs, so I like my chances at both of them. "I guess the biggest difference is that coach Nutt (Ole Miss) has a lot more experience than coach Dan Mullen (Miss State)," he said. "But coach Mullen knows what he's doing and will be a great coach too." Wells finished his senior season with close to 1,000 yards rushing and around 15 touchdowns. He missed four games during the season with a pulled groin and his team finished the year with a 9-5 record. He reports a 2.8 core GPA and a 16 ACT, which he plans on retaking in February. "I was gonna take that this weekend (Dec. 12), but I'm playing in the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Classic."
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