September 21, 2009

Four-star RB impressed with visit to Ole Miss

Ole Miss' blowout win Saturday over Southeastern Louisiana was quite the show for Matthew Wells.

The Monticello (Lawrence County), Miss., four-star running back joined his teammates on a trip to Oxford to watch the Rebels and Lions, and while the outcome was impressive enough, UM highlighted freshmen throughout the night, signaling that newcomers won't have to wait to play if they earn snaps at their respective positions.

Three true freshmen - WR Patrick Patterson, WR Jesse Grandy and LB D.T. Shackelford -- scored their first collegiate touchdowns.

"If I go there, I know I can play early," said Wells, who Rivals rates as the No. 242 overall prospect and 20th-best running back nationally. "You always know you have to earn it, but you have to have the opportunity too."

Wells, who has offers from Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Mississippi State, Stanford and Tennessee, currently has two in-state schools at the top of his list.

"(Ole Miss) is up there, and is one of the two - along with (Mississippi) State," Wells said.

The 6-foot, 190-pounder was courted by the Ole Miss coaching staff prior to the game Saturday, including a short conversation with head coach Houston Nutt. Wells has developed a comfort around the Rebel coaches.

That relationship has helped Wells imagine himself in Oxford in less than a year.

"If I choose that, it'd be like home," Wells said. "You can talk to them about whatever and just get along. There's not pressure or anything.

"(I talked to) pretty much all of them. They make sure I know they want me, and I have been impressed by the attention they've shown."

Wells doesn't expect to make a decision until close to signing day.

Different colleges have him projected at different positions, although is primarily recruiting Wells at running back.


As first reported last week, Wells injured his groin in Lawrence County's loss to Brookhaven and is still on the shelf.

The reigning district offensive player of the year sat out the Cougar's 48-7 rout of Vicksburg and won't play this week against Quitman. The Lawrence County coaches expect him back Oct. 2 against North Pike.

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