Auburn In Final Two For Big DT After Visit

Big defensive tackle Terry Bell talks about his official visit to Auburn over the weekend and where the Tigers stand.

Lakeland, Fla.--Massive defensive tackle prospect Terry Bell had visited Auburn before but over the weekend he was back to take his official visit as the Tigers took on Arkansas in a huge SEC battle. Hosted by freshmen Jeffrey Whitaker and Eric Mack, Bell said his trip was more than he could have ever imagined as it pushed coach Gene Chizik's club in the final two heading down the home stretch of the recruiting year.

"It was pretty good," Bell said. "I liked it a lot. I loved the game more. I loved everything else too. It's either them or Florida State. I just haven't made my decision yet.

"I told them it's either going to be them or Florida State," he added. "I just haven't made my decision. I want to make my decision at the end of November."

After visiting Auburn over the summer, Bell said that the Tigers were a team he was very interested in at the time. On Saturday that interest took a huge leap forward as he got to experience life in Auburn on a game day. Seeing the Tiger Walk and Jordan-Hare Stadium in full force, Bell said it was truly an unreal experience.

"That was the best game I've ever seen in my whole entire life," Bell said. "It was way different, the Tiger Walk and everything. It's just a different atmosphere. Even when they were down a touchdown and a field goal people were still cheering them on. They turned around and blew them out by three touchdowns. That tells a lot about this team."

There is no question that one of Auburn's biggest needs is at the defensive tackle position with Zach Clayton and Mike Blanc both seniors and junior Nick Fairley a serious threat to bolt to the NFL following his junior year if he continues his strong play. Because of that the Tigers and coach Tracy Rocker are looking for help and immediate help in a big way.

"That plays into things a lot because they're losing their whole five up front," Bell said. "That shows me a lot. They are recruiting me as a defensive tackle.

"He's got a great sense of humor but he's straight up with me," Bell said of Rocker. "He's honest. Whenever I get up there he said he's going to kick my behind. He's trustworthy. I believe everything he said."

Not only is Rocker pushing the need for help up front, Whitaker also did a good job of selling Auburn to the big defensive tackle.

"Jeff Whitaker is a pretty cool dude," Bell said. "Eric Mack is pretty cool too. Eric Mack took care of me but Jeffrey Whitaker told me some things. He said they're all about winning and he needs me. He said he doesn't need just good players, he needs great players to play right beside him. He said whenever you sign your scholarship with Auburn you'll be part of a family and he would be seeing me the next three or four years."

For now Bell said it's a two-team race for his signature coming in February with a possible commitment coming next month. He said he may take a few visits out of the South such as Rutgers, but he believes it will come down to the Tigers and Seminoles when the time comes to make a choice.

"I'll have to see where my heart is at," Bell said. "If my heart is at Florida State or my heart is at Auburn. I'll have to see which one is stronger, see who I love the most."


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