March 18, 2009

Offer rings in for Bell

When talking about the talent down in south Florida, schools like Pahokee, Booker T Washington, and Glades Central are often mentioned amongst the top producers of athletes in the entire state.

Last year, Georgia was able to steal one of the best wide receivers in Glades Central's Rantavious Wooten. Now they have set their sights on his teammate and 2010 defensive back Travis Bell.

Bell, at 6-foot-2, 190-pounds, has the prototypical size coveted in the secondary. He has totaled 107 tackles, eight interceptions, and two forced fumbles the last two years, and Bell also returned two punts for touchdowns. Bell feels he brings a good blend of athleticism and instincts to the field.

"My strength is assignment football, I stay in my zone," Bell said. "I also feel I am equally skilled at coming in for the big hit or making a play for the ball."

Colleges have taken notice, and six have already offered the junior athlete.

"Florida, Florida State, LSU, Georgia, West Virginia, and Rutgers have offered me," Bell told UGASports.

While that is an impressive way to begin his recruitment, Bell thinks another school maybe close, and it is one that he has followed for quite some time.

"Miami hasn't offered me yet, but I believe they will," he said. "They were my childhood favorite."

The offer from Georgia may be news to some fans, but it has been known to Bell for quite some time.

"They offered me last summer, and I liked it when I camped there," said Bell. "I think they have a good program up there in Athens."

The Glades Central standout took part in Georgia's first Dawg Night last July, and was impressive at safety, showing good range and ball skills. Getting players back on campus can go a long way towards moving up on a target's list. Bell plans to give a couple schools the chance over the next few months.

"I plan to check Miami out next Saturday, and I am going to visit Georgia and West Virginia out over the summer," said Bell.

While those three schools will get the chance to host the top Sunshine state recruit, it is not to be confused with a top three. The rising senior has made no plans to limit his choices anytime soon.

"No I do not have any favorites or anything yet," he said. "I am still wide open."

His decision timeline is not set in stone, but a couple of factors are at the forefront when Bell talks about recruiting.

"I will look for who is coming in and who is coming out, and where will I get more playing time," Bell explained. "What defense they play is important as well, and whether or not that school will help me develop into a better player."

With offers from Florida, Florida State, and a possible Miami offer looming, the chances may be slim that Bell leaves the state. But he concedes not assume he will stay close to home.

"I do not care about location, I just want to play," Bell replied.

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