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Pro Wells becomes Dixie Hollins' first D-I football recruit in a decade

Pro Wells may be able to play football and basketball at Marshall.

Rodney Page | Times

Pro Wells may be able to play football and basketball at Marshall.



When it comes to Division I-A football signings, Dixie Hollins is not usually a busy place. But on Wednesday, the school’s auditorium was filled with students administrators, family and friends as Pro Wells signed his national letter of intent with Marshall University in West Virginia.

Wells is the first D-I football signee from Dixie Hollins since quarterback/defensive back Josh Brown signed with Iowa in 2006. Wells, who will likely play receiver at Marshall, picked the Thundering Herd over schools like Iowa State, South Carolina, USF and UCF.

“I just liked the whole environment,” said Wells, who visited Marshall last weekend before fully committing to the school. “I liked the coaching staff and the way the players all got along. There’s a lot of fan support. It’s nice up there.”

One of the reasons for choosing Marshall was the opportunity to also play basketball. Wells, who transferred from St. Petersburg during the summer, played basketball for the Green Devils as a junior and did not play football.

He decided to play football this season because he had a better chance of playing the sport in college. He caught 31 passes for 952 yards and five touchdowns on a team that won just one game.

“I’m going to try to play both sports my freshman year,” Wells said. “I want to see how that works out. I think football is my best chance in college so I’m going to focus mainly on  that.”

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 3, 2016 12:40pm]


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