Since a solid showing at the Athens NIKE Camp on April 21 and the start of the spring evaluation period, Gainesville (Ga.) defensive end Keith Wells has seen his stock soar in the eyes of college recruiters.
"Within the last two weeks, anywhere from 10-11 schools have been by the school to visit and they just wanted me to know that they are recruiting me," he said. "I've gotten nine other offers within the last two weeks."
Currently, Wells holds offers from Alabama, Auburn, Boston College, Florida, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami (Fla.), Mississippi State, North Carolina, Ohio State, South Carolina and Central Florida.
Despite the impressive offer list, Wells has remained humble and says there are a number of reasons why his stock has soared.
"Honestly, the big thing is that I just feel blessed to be in the position that I am," Wells said. "A lot of different schools are looking for big defensive ends that look like me and play like me. I think partly that the NIKE Camp is the reason that all of these schools have offered.
"All the schools that have come by and visited have caught my eye," he said. "But schools like Florida, they really, really caught my eye and Ohio State too. Alabama, Auburn and Louisville also came by."
Gators head coach Urban Meyer and defensive coordinator Greg Mattison stopped by Gainesville High School, which is located in Hall County about 50 miles Northeast of Atlanta, last week.
"Florida is just one of those schools you look at your jaw drops," Wells said. "They just won the National Championships last year. Coach Meyer and a few other coaches came by. The defensive coordinator, coach Mattison came up and they could have been arrogant and said 'we won the national championship and everybody wants to come play for us', but they weren't. They were just really down to Earth about it. They were looking toward the future it seemed and I liked that about them."
Georgia Tech was the first BCS Conference school to offer the 6-foot-5, 225-pounder and the Yellow Jackets remain a strong player despite all of the recent attention. Four-star offensive tackle Nick Claytor signed with Tech out of Gainesville High during the Class of 2007 recruiting cycle.
"Georgia Tech is always going to be one of my top schools," he said. "I just feel pretty close to Georgia Tech because they were the first school to start recruiting me. I feel like I have a better relationship with Georgia Tech than other schools. As more offers roll in, it's harder to say you are going to commit by a certain date or definitely go to a certain school. Let's just say I am going to weigh all of my options before making a decision."
Athens, home of the University of Georgia, is 30 miles from Gainesville. The Bulldogs have yet to offer, but head coach Mark Richt will be at the school on Monday to check on Wells.
"It's very exciting any time a head coach comes by and they are there to see you and how you play," Wells said. "Basically I am just more excited than anything at this point. They are one of the schools I really want to offer that hasn't offered yet."
An offer from the Bulldogs doesn't necessarily mean that he's heading to Athens, though.
"They are obviously a really big football program," he said. "But honestly, I'm looking more into than just football. I am looking into the academic standpoint and if people will forget about me if football doesn't work out. Of course anybody would want to play for UGA, I'm just one of those people that want to weigh the best option for me.
"I'm just going to weigh all of my options and make the decision at the end."