Earlier this week, linebacker Carson Wells from South Sumter (Fla.) High School became the latest player to commit for Colorado's 2017 football recruiting class.

Wells' decision gives the Buffaloes 19 players that have pledged to CU for the 2017 class. The 6-foot-4, 240-pounder impressed the Buffaloes' coaches during the Under the Lights camp in June, flashing speed that may be a major asset as a pass rusher at the collegiate level.

Wells has 17 scholarship offers, according to Scout.com, and I was able to catch up with him to talk about his decision to play for CU:

Buffzone: What made you decide on Colorado?

Wells: I've been praying about it a lot and I feel like it's the right decision. The facilities and the campus and the level of football I'd be playing in, I just couldn't turn that down.

Buffzone: You and your parents spent several days in Colorado in June. Did that make a big impression, as well, or was it mainly football?

Wells: Both, really. The campus itself is beautiful and being in the mountains, it was awesome.

Buffzone: What impresses you about what CU is doing on defense, and how do you fit in to the Buffs' scheme?

Wells: It's pretty good. They're looking at putting me at a 3-4 outside linebacker, and coach likes my length and my ability to run in space, so that can be good.


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Buffzone: What other schools were you seriously considering?

Wells: I really liked USF (South Florida), with it being close to home and everybody being able to come see me, but I feel like Colorado had more to offer. I visited about a dozen schools this summer. I went to CU, Louisville, Western Kentucky, Mercer, Samford, Florida, Florida State, USF, Air Force, Auburn.

Buffzone: Is it exciting for you to see the defensive talent being added to the 2017 class?

Wells: Oh yeah, definitely. It'll inspire some great competition.

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BrianHowell33.