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Monday, January 21, 2013
Bell plans to make decision soon

By Corey Dowlar

UCF commitment Wilson Bell (Prichard, Ala./M.T. Blount) was at Florida State over the weekend to see his new offer for himself.

The 6-foot-4, 290-pound offensive lineman, a player of need for the Seminoles, came away with a good impression.

"A lot, it was a really good time," he said.

"I had visions of Florida State being a great place, a really good campus, a really good coaching staff and really good players. And all of that kind of met my expectations."

Florida State's offensive line class isn't quite as deep as the Seminoles would like it to be, and they made sure to communicate that to Bell while he was on campus. A chance to play, and play early, could be in store -- as long as he works for it.

"They said that it really wasn't a wanting me thing, they said they need me, like really need me," Bell said. "They said that I would make a good part to the team that they are building. They said that if I come in and work hard enough, that I could be a big-time starter for them. I am just trying to weigh out my decision, but I really had a good time."

Rodney Hudson, a two-time All-American at Florida State, came out of high school in a similar situation. BCS offers weren't easy to come by, but Rick Trickett saw something, and the rest was history.

Bell learned all about that.

"They compared me to Rodney Hudson and told me all about his work ethic and the way he came out with low offers into an incredible player, one of the most decorated players that ever played there," he said.

"I have heard of him, but I never really went into it. Now that I am home, I am going to check out how he went through the recruiting process and learn about how he did it."

Bell expects to have his decision made really soon. But it won't be for the public to know. Not until signing day, anyway.

"By the end of this week or next week, I should have my decision done and I will tell the coaches that I am committing to," he said. "They will know, but I won't make it public until national signing day."

When asked if he could see himself at Florida State next year in light of his visit, Bell had a clear and concise answer.

"Yes, sir, I can," he said.