Potential is perfect word to use for someone like Tyrese Wells.
At 6-foot-1 1/2, 260 pounds, Wells has room to grow into his frame. Considering Wells is only 17 years old, the explosiveness he showcased as a senior with the West Lowndes High School football team made college coaches notice.
On Wednesday, Wells took the next step toward realizing that potential when he signed a National Letter of Intent to play football at Mississippi Delta Community College in Moorhead.
“I was really confident because I felt I was talented enough and somebody was going to get me,” said Wells, who received his scholarship offer early last month. “I prayed to the Lord and He answered my prayer.”
West Lowndes High football coach Anthony King praised Wells’ versatility and his work ethic.
“He has a great motor,” King said. “I think he will blossom when he gets to college and has a chance to get into a weight program and focus on football.”
West Lowndes High assistant football coach Todd Stanley, who served as the team’s defensive coordinator, agreed. He said Wells’ quickness on the front enabled him to be someone the team could count on to make big plays.
“He has gotten stronger the last couple of years and has been a disruptive force on the line of scrimmage,” Stanley said.
Stanley said all of the coaches who visited West Lowndes High asked about Wells. He said they all recognized his potential, but it was Mississippi Delta that won out over Coahoma C.C., Holmes C.C., and others.
“I think the sky is the limit if he goes down there and works like he is going to,” Stanley said. “He is at practice every day and is one of the hardest workers. We never had a problem getting him motivated. He has a love for the game and wants to get better.”
Wells said starting at a two-year school is an ideal way for him to start. Coming from a small school, Wells said his goal always has been to play football in college. He feels going to a junior college will help ease his transition to the next level.
Wells also is looking forward to do even more growing. He said he plans to follow his mother’s advice to get bigger and stronger.
“I want to get to 280 before I go down there,” Wells said. “Hopefully I will grow at least a half an inch.
“I think I have some more growing to do football wise, knowledge and stuff, so I think it is good for me to go to a two-year school and go from there.”
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Adam Minichino is the former Sports Editor for The Commercial Dispatch.