November 10, 2009

Wells picks Miss. State for Saturday visit

College visits are normally accurate clues signaling where a prospect is leaning, but Matthew Wells says a couple consecutive trips to a specific college doesn't necessarily mean things have changed.

The Monticello (Lawrence County), Miss., four-star athlete visited Mississippi State two weekends ago when the Bulldogs hosted top-ranked Florida, and Wells plans to be in Starkville, Miss., this Saturday, as Mississippi State entertains No. 2 Alabama - instead of Oxford, Miss., for Ole Miss' tilt with Tennessee.

Wells has consistently said Mississippi State and Ole Miss are the co-leaders for his signature, but Saturday will be the second time in a row when both the Bulldogs and Rebels have hosted SEC opponents, and Wells has chosen the maroon-clad crowd.

The Rebels played Arkansas the day the Bulldogs fell to Florida.

This time, the Rivals250 recruit said the decision wasn't even made by him. And even if it was, he's just rotating the two venues depending on the opponent.

"My daddy wants to go (to the Alabama-Mississippi State game)," Wells said. "I won't know until a little later if State has an advantage. I'm just picking games that seem like fun.

"Everything is still the same."

The Rebels will get their next shot to impress Wells Nov. 21, as the 6-foot, 190-pounder said he'll watch Ole Miss face LSU.

Wells was in Oxford Oct. 10 when Ole Miss dropped a 22-3 decision to Alabama, and he also took in the Rebels' victory over Southeastern Louisiana Sept. 19. This will be his fourth trip to Starkville.

Wells watched the Bulldogs beat Jackson State Sept. 5 and drop a heartbreaker to LSU Sept. 26.

The annual Egg Bowl between the two Magnolia State schools has been on Wells' calendar for some time as an important game considering his recruitment.

"I won't be rooting for anybody, just watching and taking it in," Wells said.

Tennessee and Southern Mississippi are the other two schools being considered, but the programs trail considerably.

"I've really concentrated on Ole Miss and State," Wells said. "I'd like to check out Tennessee and get up there, but so far it's those two that are really high. I'll get to official visits soon."

Wells currently has a high of 16 on his ACT and reports a 2.8 GPA. He plans to retake the ACT in December.

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