It was a weekend of firsts for Belton high school's (Belton, Texas) William Bell. The standout defensive end made his first official visit, to Arizona State, but almost equally exciting for the young man, he experienced first ever flight on an airplane.
"The whole thing was great," Bell said. "It was real neat getting on a plane for the first time and then the school was a beautiful place. They fed me well, and just showed me a good time."
Despite playing nose guard at the high school level, Bell will be recruited by the remaining schools on his list as a defensive end. At nearly 6-3 and 225 pounds, Bell has excellent 4.55 speed and a frame he believes will allow him to add weight without any problem.
Hosted on his official visit to Arizona State by Connor Banks, Bell came away extremely impressed with the campus and the athletic facilities, not to mention the team camaraderie.
"Everyone seemed to get along really well and I had a good time hanging out with a few of the guys. It was my first (official visit) so [Arizona State] set the standard," Bell said.
Of course, stepping onto the Tempe campus as a future defensive end, he was reminded about Terrell Suggs and all that he was able to accomplish as a Sun Devil. But it wasn't something Bell was intimidated by.
"To tell you the truth that's impressive and it's [nice] tradition. It might be a factor – it's always nice to go somewhere like that, where there's been a guy like that," Bell said. But I'd just go out there and try to do what I can do and make things happen for me."
Next on the agenda for Bell is an official visit this coming weekend to Missouri followed by subsequent official trips already scheduled to Texas Christian (Dec. 19), and Kansas (Jan. 23). His other official visit will come down between Kansas State and Oklahoma State.
He plans on decision sometime around the first week of February, after the completion of all five official trips. "I'm just looking for somewhere I can get my education, just become a better man, and try to get to the next level," Bell said.
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