October 13, 2009

Four-star Wells back on field, visits Ole Miss

After a month-long absence due to a groin injury, Matthew Wells finally got back on the football field this past Friday.

His return was an impressive one.

Wells, a four-star prospect as rated by Rivals.com, ran for two touchdowns, leading Lawrence County (Monticello, Miss.) to a 35-0 rout of Crystal Springs. The Cougars are 2-0 inside division and now have one of the state's top weapons nearing 100 percent.

"It tightened up at times, but it was good to be back out there," Wells said. "I don't know I was needed out there, but I needed it. I'd been out a while. Hopefully if I keep stretching it, all the pain and tightness will go away soon."

The No. 20 athlete and No. 242 overall prospect nationally was injured in a 27-20 loss to Brookhaven Sept. 11. The non-conference schedule wasn't particularly kind to Lawrence County, but things have picked up lately.

"Our offensive line is young, so that mattered some," Wells said. "But they've improved, and our district isn't as strong as past years. We can go deep in the playoffs, but we need to prepare now."


After the successful night Friday, Wells and his father traveled to Ole Miss Saturday for the Rebels' highly anticipated match-up with now-No. 2 Alabama.

It was the second Ole Miss game for Wells this season, as the entire Lawrence County team watched the Rebels rip Southeastern Louisiana. Saturday wasn't the same positive outcome. The Crimson Tide smothered Ole Miss, 22-3.

The Rebels are recruiting Wells to play running back, and he was shocked at what he saw from that side of the ball.

"It was a tough day for them all right," Wells said. "They just couldn't get anything going. Alabama is really good, but it was rough."

The unimpressive showing didn't seem to have a major impact on Wells. He still lists Ole Miss and Mississippi State as the two favorites, with Tennessee lurking in third. Since Wells is familiar with Ole Miss' play, he was mostly looking at the interaction between coaches and players.

"I'm interested in the environment during the game what the coaching style is as far as handling the players," Wells said. "I wanted to see how the coaches were able to get the team up for the big game.

"Those areas were good. Coach Nutt is a players' coach, and the defense was really good. It was all cool, but the offense just had it tough."

Southern Miss and Stanford have also offered, and Wells is planning to attend the Golden Eagles' homecoming contest against Memphis this Saturday.

A date hasn't been set for Wells to trip to Knoxville, Tenn., but he indicated that whichever game he goes to will likely be his official visit with the Volunteers.

Wells doesn't plan to make a decision until after his season.

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