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Richmond, Patrick Peterson, and offers from Liberty: Henrico DB/WR Kamaree Wells is the next man up
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit804
Arizona Cardinals starting defensive back Patrick Peterson just didn’t wake up one day and find himself playing in the NFL. He started at Blanche Ely High School where he also played running back. He was a five-star prospect coming out of high school that initially committed to the University of Miami. After rethinking his recruitment, Peterson decided to sign his NLI to attend LSU instead. This opened the door for him to be the fifth pick in the first round of the 2011 NFL draft in which he was selected by the Arizona Cardinals.
Most people marvel over the athletic ability of Peterson at the defensive back position along with the leadership that he brings to the Cardinals’ defense. Not to mention he’s tied with Devin Hester, Jack Christiansen, and Rick Upchurch for the most punt return touchdowns in a single season (four). At only 28 years of age, he’s a role model for many up and coming defensive backs at both the high school and college level including Henrico freshman sensation Kamaree Wells (2022 DB/WR 6-0 165).
“I used to and still watch a lot of Patrick Peterson especially because he is one of the more larger cornerbacks,” Wells explained. “I also used to watch a lot of Xavier Rhodes because I pretty much have the same size as him too.”
Wells was born in Richmond and also grew up playing football in Richmond. He first started playing football at the age of 10 and got his first taste of what football could contribute to his life.
“What made me and still makes me go on the football field is to get an interception and make it into the end zone,” Wells stated.
The Henrico product just finished up his first season under Coach Gerald Glasco and the Warriors. With Rasheed Jackson, Justin Goode, and Ja’Had Carter among others holding down the secondary, Wells didn’t find himself in the thick of things until Henrico had most games under control. That meant Wells was able to see a decent amount of playing time especially since Henrico averaged almost a 20-point margin of victory throughout the entire season last year. Almost as important as getting to play near the end of games was getting the opportunity to watch how seniors such as Jalon Jones and Ja’Had Carter conducted themselves on and off the football field.
“Watching those guys from the sidelines taught me exactly what I have to do to also become a dog on the football field,” Wells said.
Throughout the regular season and the off-season, Wells has garnered just enough attention to begin to stir his recruiting pot. Liberty spent some time over at Thomas Dale earlier in the week handing out offers to Jasiah Williams, Bryce Carter, and Crishaun Sanders. The Flames were also in a giving mood when it came to Henrico. Tyshawn Wyatt, Eric McDaniels as well as Kamaree Wells were able to secure offers from Liberty.
“It felt great to get my first offer from Liberty,” Wells explained. It came through by one of my teammates bringing around coaches and I was fortunate enough to pick up my first one.”
Aside from Liberty, Wells is also garnering interest from North Carolina State, Florida and Michigan. He’s in the process of trying to set up a visit to North Carolina State, but the logistics as still being worked out. However, Michigan is in the cards for the Henrico product as the summer draws closer. As of right now, the goal for Wells is to keep working hard throughout the summer so he can help his team hoist a championship trophy in the winter.
“This off-season I’ve been working on my footwork and my speed,” Wells stated. “I’m going to do my best to help put the team on my back and do whatever it takes to get us a championship.”
– Brandon Mitchell