June 17, 2009

Wells enjoying summer down time

Matthew Wells is enjoying his summer break for a few more weeks before things get busy again - both on the field and with his recruitment.

With spring football complete and fall practice still more than a month away, the Monticello (Lawrence County), Miss., athlete is finding some leisure time before hitting a few camps in July and hopefully beginning the process of sorting out his pecking order of college options.

Wells, a Rivals.com four-star prosepct, has offers from all three FBS schools in his home state to go along with offers from Stanford and Tennessee. His final summer schedule isn't completely worked out, but Wells is planning to attend camps at LSU and Southern Miss in July.

"I'm not busy now, but it'll start soon," Wells said. "I went to Mississippi State last weekend, and I want to see those two schools in July to get a better idea about the personalities of the coaches and how they operate. I like LSU, but I haven't been around their coaches any."

"Everything is still tight with all the schools that have offered at the moment. This summer may possibly help me have a better understanding of where I want to go, the type of school I'm looking for."

A trip to Ole Miss before school starts could potentially happen, but the 2008 Clarion-Ledger All-State selection doesn't know when that might be.

"I was in Oxford for a junior day a month or two ago, and I have been up there a couple times total," Wells said. "Everything with Ole Miss is pretty much the same I guess. I haven't heard much from them lately.

"I'm mostly hearing from (Mississippi) State, and Tennessee is sending stuff."

While Wells (6-0, 190) admits he is looking forward to a few trips, don't expect him to make a decision anytime soon. Wells' recruitment will likely include several official visits this fall and winter, and a decision isn't expected until close to signing day.

"I'm going to try to drag all this out for a while," Wells said. "I have to make sure it is the right decision, and there's no reason to rush it."

Wells was the Region 6-4A MVP in 2008, edging out teammate Kendrick Hardy. The then-junior rushed for 1357 yards and 19 touchdowns to go with 323 yards receiving and seven scores. He also had 42 tackles and four interceptions while moving between cornerback and safety.

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