What looked like a battle between a pair of Pac 10 schools became an upset win for a rising school from the WAC conference. After taking official visits to Oregon State, Arizona and Nevada, Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft wide out Chris Wellington said he'll be part of the Wolfpack program.
Wellington, 6-1, 200 pounds was thought to be deciding between the Cats and Beavers for the last two months of recruiting. After taking visits to both schools, the receiver told us that he liked both but wasn't blown away by either of his visits.
"Oregon State was cool but I didn't like the area that much," Wellington said. "Arizona was in a nice area and the trip was cool but I didn't like the offense as much as some other schools. Nevada had everything I was looking for. They throw the ball like crazy, I like the area and the coaches have been great with me."
Ironically, Nevada was a school that Wellington barely gave a sniff at earlier in the year.
"When Nevada first called me about Chris, he said he wasn't interested," Taft assistant coach Derwin Henderson said. "I think he thought they were too small time or something but Nevada kept recruiting him and had him as the top player on their board.
"Coach Baumgartner really did a good job with him and when I talked to Chris last night, he told me Nevada just felt like the best place for him and that's why he was going there. That's just like Chris though, he's always doing his own thing and I don't think he cared that Nevada was a big Pac 10 school or anything."
Nevada is quietly having a very solid class this year and has several players in their class including guys like John Romero, Colin Kaepernick and Adam Liranzo who we feel could play for just about anyone.