(6-7 Wells goes against another top lineman in 6-5 Justin Outslay of Salem Acaedmy at the UW Showcase Event)
You gotta love the kids that really care about their football future and are willing to work to get to that next level. Caleb Wells (6-7 250 Sr. DE) transfer to Grant from Benson is one of the biggest moves of the off season, as Head Coach Diallo Lewis does an outstanding job with a lot of the top athletes from Portland.
Wells was a kid that showed up at our elite events in the winter and made a big impression on everybody. He went toe to toe with nationally ranked lineman such as Brayden Kearsley and Andrew Kirkland. Wells will fill a big void left by the transfer of Dominic Johnson to Aloha. He accounted for 36 tackles and 6 sacks last year at Benson.
Its tough to handle a kid that’s 6-7 and athletic coming off the end, unless you are able to physically get the best of him. We do not see too many lineman in the PIL that will be able to handle Caleb’s overall athleticism. He says, " Along side Nate Halverson I want to help this team win a state championship…Even though Im new here I feel like I can step into a leadership role and that’s what I intend to do by anchoring the D line". Wells continued, " personally I want to lead the state in sacks, be a first team 6a defensive member,and play in the Les Schwab Bowl.
What I love about Caleb is that he knows the game and understands what he needs to do in order to get to the next level. He’s not looking to just be a good high school football player, he wants more and had a very good showcase event at UW to finish the camp circuit.
Caleb’s strengths come with his size, quickness and wing span. His ceiling his extremely high if he can stay focused and in the weight room. Put 35 pounds on this kid with a year of grueling workouts, and you are going to have a very athletic, 6 foot 7 – 285 pound monster coming off the end.
Coach Lewis is one of the one of the most respected members of the Northwest football community, and will have Wells focused on a game by game basis. With the structure that Lewis provides Wells will have a good chance to grow over the season, and have a year that puts him on the map with different universities.
We wish Caleb continued success as NEI will be out covering Grant on multiple occasions during the year. They always have talent its just a matter of what they do with it, and this year will be no different.
( Wells- Middle with two of the top junior D lineman in the state in Connor Humphreys- C.Catholic & Liam Talty- Sheldon)