Calera quarterback commits to Samford

Calera High School senior quarterback Brandon Wells has committed to play college football at Samford University.

Wells, a 6-foot-4, 180-pound signal caller, is entering his third season as the Eagles’ starting quarterback. Wells completed 130 of 214 passes for 1,981 yards and 21 touchdowns with nine interceptions as a junior. He also rushed for 1,206 yards and 21 touchdowns on 153 attempts.

Wells, who chose the Bulldogs after receiving interest from several Southeastern Conference schools, said being able to play quarterback for Heisman Trophy winner Pat Sullivan was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up.

“To be offered the chance to play quarterback for a Heisman Trophy winning quarterback was special,” Wells said.

Wells is the second player in the Class of 2011 in Shelby County to commit to a college football program.

Briarwood Christian School senior defensive back Cooper Harrington committed to play at Southern Miss University in May. Harrington, who played running back and wide receiver as a junior, finished with 43 receptions for 633 yards and six touchdowns. Harrington also rushed for 290 yards and three touchdowns on 61 attempts.