UCF commit Wilson Bell’s phone has been lighting up lately. For Bell, that means one thing.
“My talent is finally being acknowledged. I’ve been working hard trying to improve my game to see where it takes me,” said Bell, a 6-foot-4, 298-pound offensive guard from Prichard (Ala.) Blount High. “It’s been crazy. It hasn’t gotten annoying yet.”
He can thank fellow Alabama all-star offensive lineman Austin Golson of Prattville for the sudden attention. Bell was a teammate of Golson’s at the recent Alabama-Mississippi High School All-Star Game, in which he was blowing up Mississippi defensive players like
Under Armour All-American linebacker Reuben Foster, an Auburn commit.
Golson, a Florida State pledge for 2013, took notice and he called his future FSU coaches.
“They looked at my film from the all-star game and liked what they saw,” Bell said. “They saw me playing alongside Austin Golson and he was telling them how great a player I was. We really made a good bond at the all-star game.”
FSU coaches listened and on Tuesday he received a scholarship offer from the Seminoles.
“I was looking at them during the very beginning. I was a supposed to go there a few times last summer but something always came up,” Bell said of the ’Noles. “But then they fell off, so when they offered me it was a big surprise. It was like God sending me a blessing … it’s such a prestigious school and everything to be giving me a scholarship.”
Bell will finally make that trip to Tallahassee this weekend.
That’s not good news to the ears of UCF coaches and fans, alike. Bell committed to the Knights back in late November. UCF assistant coaches Brent Key and Tyson Summers were in Prichard on Wednesday on a reconnaissance mission, of sorts
“UCF is still the school I’m committed to going to,” Wilson said. “They came by today and I told them I’m still committed … full-throttle.”
Asked if it would be tough for him to flip his commitment to FSU, Bell said it would not be easy.
“It would be pretty difficult because we’ve built a connection … I have a bond with UCF already,” he said. “That’s why I’m really trying to evaluate Florida State. I’ll go up there Friday to see what they have to offer .”
He has been a big fan of FSU offensive line coach Rick Trickett and he said he wants to see what the veteran coach is all about.
“I’ve heard so much about Coach Trickett and how he coaches,” Bell said. “I just want to see how all the players respond to him and how he interacts with them and if he’s that good of a coach, which I hear he really is.
“I also want to see if there is the family atmosphere that I’m looking for and I also need to see if the coaching staff is going to be stable. There has been a real big change around with them for 2013 and I’m looking for a stable situation.”
Bell also said FSU is not the only schools coming in late. He’s received interest from USF, Cincinnati, Western Kentucky, UAB and Minnesota. He has 11 offers. He has two remaining official visits and plans to take at least one more.
UCF has another Prichard, Ala., product on the roster in freshman defensive back Jacoby Glenn.