February 10, 2009

Monticello athlete in no hurry to make decision

A funny thing happened during Kendrick Hardy's senior season.

A junior stole the limelight.

Monticello (Lawrence County), Miss., athlete Matthew Wells rushed for 1,362 yards, won region MVP honors and put himself squarely on college recruiters' maps during his junior season.

"It was a good season," Wells said. "Everything went our way. We played hard, but it could have been better in some areas. It was good overall."

Ole Miss and Mississippi State have offered scholarships to Wells, a 6-foot, 190-pounder not only doesn't know where he's going to attend college yet, but he also doesn't know what position he'll play at the college level.

"Some want me on offense," Wells said. "Some want me at corner or safety. Some want me at receiver. Right now, I'm playing running back, so you know I like running back, but I like being a receiver, too. I like catching the ball. I'm more like a Randy Moss-type. I like going vertical and stuff like that. I like to go catch the ball."

Wells said he has no plans to rush into a commitment. Hardy waited until late January to commit to Southern Mississippi, and while Wells said he noted that Hardy "probably had a little pressure on him some games," he's already decided to "take some time and go on some visits."

Wells, who sports a 4.4-second 40-yard dash, said he'll go to a NIKE combine this weekend in Mobile, Ala., and he plans to attend Ole Miss' football camp this summer.

"Ole Miss has a nice campus and all of that," Wells said. "The coaches seem cool. (Mississippi) State, they have a nice campus and they're still building stuff. They have a new coach now. That's something to think about. Their stuff is pretty cool."

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