Tide Hosted Louisiana Visitors

Alabama signed Zach Schreiber, the top defensive player in the state of Louisiana in the class of 2005, and at A-Day the Tide got a visit from Schreiber and a teammate, another top defensive player from Evangel Christian.

Schreiber recorded 26 sacks for the 2004 season, leading his team to the state championship. Schreiber's teammate, rising senior Jon Bell, finished with 22 sacks last season. Both were in Tuscaloosa for Alabama's A-Day game.

"I loved it. It was very nice and the fans were great. I have never been to a place where the fans show so much love for their team. The facilities were state of the art. I got a really good feel of the campus," Bell said.

Bell, who is 6-3, 240 pounds, came away impressed with Alabama's highly rated defense.

"I love their defensive scheme. I feel like it would be fun to play in their defense," he said

The Alabama coaching staff made a strong impression with the Evangel defensive lineman.

"They were all very nice," he said. "They seem like they know what they are talking about. They are all 100% focused on getting the job done. (Alabama receivers) Coach (Charlie) Harbison is my recruiting coach. He is a very nice guy, and I like him a lot. He said they were going to take a very hard look at me."

Bell, who is a good student, had a lot of good things to say about the Capstone after touring the campus.

"I loved the campus. It was very nice. Everything looked new. You could tell they care about making their campus look really good. Alabama impressed me a lot as far as a college to go too. It's a place where I would like to come, not just to play football, but to get my degree," Bell said.

One more SEC school will receive a visit this spring, and Bell is booking his summer schedule.

"I am planning to go over to Ole Miss April 12," he said. "That will probably be the last scrimmage I attend. I know I will go to several Senior Day camps this summer. A few I know I will attend are Ole Miss, Alabama, Auburn, LSU, and Arkansas."

When asked about scholarship offers, Bell replied, "I have not received any offers yet. I am hearing a lot from Northwestern, Texas Tech, Ole Miss, and Alabama. My coaches have said that Oregon and Maryland have been expressing interest as well."

"Right now, I don't have any favorites," he said. "The three schools that I really like are Alabama, Ole Miss, and Northwestern."

Alabama: "I just came off from a great visit there. I really like them a lot."

Ole Miss: "I went to camp there last summer, and I like them."

Northwestern : "I have talked to the coaches, and they seem very interested in me."

Several factors will play into Bell's college decision.

"I will check out the coach's scheme, and I want to have a good feel of the college. I will check out the academics because you can't play football forever."

After recording 96 tackles with 22 sacks as a junior, Bell hopes to improve those numbers next fall. During the off-season, he is working on a few key aspects of his game.

"I want to improve my speed. After our state championship game, I messed up my ankle, and my 40 time went down (reported 4.7). I also want to work on my body size because I am not the typical size for my position. My strengths are my lower body, and my reaction skills. I also have quick feet. My dad is our power lifting coach. We are always working on strength," said Bell.

Stats as a junior- 96 tackles, 22 sacks, three fumble recoveries Awards- All-District, All-City (2nd team)

Weightlifting Maxes:

Bench-370

Squat-555

Hang Clean-320

Dead lift-535


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