FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The first day of the West team practice of the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl was a learning experience, but Texas recruit Ben Wells only knows one speed: full speed.
Wells, the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder, has already made his voice heard on and off the field. His teammates at the game and fellow Texas commits call him the "life of the party" so to speak. That's because whether he's breaking up passes or talking about it afterwards, Wells is having the time of his life.
"I just like to mess around with everybody and I'm going to do that the whole week while I'm here," Wells said. "This is a chance for us to put on a show for the crowd. I'm going to do that.
"I'm going to be physical, hard hitting, and since this is my first game being back from injury, I'm going all out."
Wells said he's had fun meeting all of his teammates on the West team. He's also excited about playing on the same defense with fellow Longhorn recruits Keenan Robinson and Earl Thomas.
The chemistry between the two defensive backs, Thomas and Wells, has already begun.
"Earl and I are giving everybody a big sneak peak and what's to come at Texas," Wells said. "This is what Texas fans can look forward to."
Since committing to Texas last spring, Wells says his commitment has remained as solid as a rock. LSU is one school that still has shown interest this late in the process, but he says he's not looking around at all.
Plus, he's already graduated from high school and will report to campus in Austin, Texas on Jan. 13.
"I'm very happy about my decision," he said. "Basically, Texas was like a big family. I also have a lot of relatives up there too. It was a place where I felt comfortable and I can contribute."
"I'm leaving my friends early, but I'm getting a jump academically at Texas and a head start on football."