Dudley E. Dawson is a reporter for Hawgs Illustrated. A graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a voter for the Heisman Trophy.
Arkansas 2021 OL pledge Wells still getting work in
FAYETTEVILLE Life is certainly different now for Wynne junior offensive lineman and 4-star prospect Terry Wells (6-4, 282), the Razorbacks’ lone 2021 pledge to this point.
Instead of getting up in the morning, going to school and working out, Wells is doing everything at home due to restrictions put in place because of coronavirus.
Wynne is on spring break this week, but will continue to conduct classes online on Monday as school sites remain closed.
“The thing that really has changed in my life is school because I haven’t been able to communicate with my friends and teachers,” Wells said. “My gym is also closed due to the virus, but I have still been consistently working out at home.
“On a typical (spring break) day, I usually wake up and eat breakfast, work out, and chill and watch Netflix for the rest of the day.”
Per 247 Sports, Wells is a 4-star prospect, the 27th-best offensive tackle nationally, the 236th-best overall prospect and the top player in Arkansas.
He and Maumelle sophomore Andrew Chamblee (6-6, 284) are regarded as the best two in-state offensive linemen in the next two classes. Both were on hand for the U.S. Army All-American National Combine, where Wells was named the Offensive Lineman MVP. He is not letting that go to his head.
“I’m concentrating hard on my explosion and my hip flexibility,” Wells said. “I had plans on going to the Rivals camp on March 14, but it got canceled.”
Wells committed to Arkansas on Feb. 1, when he was one of 40 or so prospects who attended the Razorbacks’ first of two junior days. He chose Arkansas over offers from Kansas, Southern Miss and Arkansas State, and has since added offers from Miami and North Texas.
Tennessee, Nebraska, Missouri and TCU are among other schools recruiting him, but that hasn’t changed his mindset of being a Razorback.
“I am still solid to the Hill,” Wells said.
A big part of his pledge to Arkansas was the combination of coach Sam Pittman and offensive line coach Brad Davis.
“We communicate with each other at least 3-4 times per week,” Wells said. “Our relationship is growing tremendously because we are getting closer and closer.”
Wells was planning on participating in track and field and spring practice, but those sports might be shelved now due to the pandemic.
“I was planning on breaking the record for our high school in the shot put,” Wells said. “My best is 44 feet, 7 inches. The record is 45 feet, 4 inches.”
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