Wells played in limited action as a true freshman in 2008, earning six minutes of playing time in three games with no tackles or defensive stats. Classmate Nathan Williams instead played over Wells and was again part of the Ohio State rotation in 2009 while Wells took a redshirt following an offseason injury that put him behind the eight-ball for playing time.
He seemed fine with the decision to take 2009 off when talking to reporters at the Rose Bowl.
"I definitely felt like we had a lot of depth at defensive end," he said. "Even though I felt like I was good enough to play this year, I also felt like this year could be a learning year for me. I didn't want it to be like last year where I only played 15-20 plays, so I thought redshirting was the best thing for me."
He did take part in Ohio State's spring drills but faced tough competition for playing time in 2010 behind Williams, All-America candidate Cameron Heyward and emerging talents in redshirt freshman Melvin Fellows and junior Solomon Thomas.
He will retain three years of eligibility.