Thursday, January 17, 2013
UCF commitment being pursued by FSU
By Corey Dowlar
As teams continue to sort out their classes right before signing day, it isn't unusual to see runs made on individual prospects that hadn't previously received many offers.
Wilson Bell (Prichard, Ala./M.T. Blount), a UCF commitment, had his fair share. But in the span of a week, he picked up three from BCS conference schools.
After long being pledged to the Golden Knights, the 6-foot-4 offensive guard picked up offers from Florida State, Cincinnati and USF.
"It was crazy," he said. "I feel like God has really looked upon me and blessed me to give me the opportunity to go to such great schools, such prestigious schools. What I am doing is stepping back to evaluate because I feel like they all are really great schools and I need to take my time to figure out where I am going."
After school on Monday, Florida State's new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt made an in-home visit with Bell.
Being a well-known face in the state of Alabama for some time now, Bell, had previously interacted with Pruitt when he was on the Crimson Tide staff. Considering that, the meeting went beyond getting to know each other.
"I have known Pruitt since my ninth grade year," Bell said. "He was one of the first college coaches that I met. When I see him, it is like a familiar face.
"It really does help because now I know that I have family at the school. He basically became family with the process and I can trust that Florida State is a good school for me."
The Seminoles offensive line coach, Rick Trickett, was also by the school on Monday. Bell doesn't know Trickett like he knows Pruitt, but he has heard of his reputation.
The aggressive approach by the veteran assistant doesn't have him intimidated, though.
"From what I have heard, he is a hard-nosed guy that really doesn't play around with his offensive linemen," Bell said. "But in the process, he gets them ready for the next level and teaches them everything they need to know. I really think he reminds me of my old offensive line coach, Coach Samuels. I know what that style is like and I kind of admire it because it made me who I am today. He is a really tough guy, but sometimes you need tough. I really wouldn't mind it."
Bell's other officials have not been finalized yet in light of what he calls "new circumstances", but he will be at Florida State this weekend. He'll have his eyes focused on a couple of key areas to see if it is a place worthy of switching to.
"From an academic standpoint, they need to show me that part," he said. "They need to show me that Coach Trickett is a good coach for me, which I believe he can. I hear so much about how the campus is that I want to see how the campus is and how welcome I feel when I get there. Those are the things I will be really looking at. It will be a business trip because signing day is right around the corner."
Bell will be accompanied by his aunt and his brother on the visit.