Frustrating Senior Season For In-State Prospect

Despite several nagging injuries, this talented football prospect continues to draw attention from schools all over the South.

Alabaster, Ala.--One of the top high school football players in Alabama this fall hasn't had the kind of senior season that he hoped for, but it hasn't kept the college coaches from beating a trail to Thompson High to see him in action.

Unfortunately he's been hampered by knee and ankle injuries for much of the season and that has translated to a disappointing 3-5 record for the Warriors this season. Not what Tony Bell had in mind.

"I think I've played in two or three games this year," Bell says. "It has been pretty frustrating. I think I have around 60 tackles, four interceptions and two touchdowns. I missed four games and the second half of the Briarwood game and I was in-and-out of the Homewood game."

A 6-2, 205-pounder with 4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash, Bell has played both safety and outside linebacker on defense this season while also seeing some time at running back along with fellow recruit Eric Bogans. Because of his injuries and trying to get back on the field, Bell has been a little more reluctant to travel to college games, but has been to several already this fall while juggling the phone calls and visits associated with being one of Alabama's top players.

"It's going pretty well," Bell tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "It's not too stressful. I kind of manage it pretty good. I was supposed to go to the Ole Miss-Alabama game last weekend, but I didn't go. The Auburn-Tennessee game was the last game I've been to. I'm going to the Auburn-LSU game this weekend."

Tony Bell

The trip to Auburn two weeks ago to see the Tigers defeat the Volunteers was Bell's second trip to the Plains this season. His first came on opening day when Auburn fell to the USC Trojans 23-0. Bell says that the second visit was definitely better than the first, although it had its moments as well.

"It was a way better experience than the USC game," Bell says. "Auburn played really well. Actually they have been playing well, they've beaten two Top 10 teams in the last three weeks. They're moving up and ranked higher in the polls. They're doing exceptionally well now.

"The first game was still a good experience because even though they lost it was still good experiencing people. All the fans and the prospects and the coaches and the players were good. It was a little bit better for the Tennessee game though."

With offers from dozens of colleges in the country Bell has his options on where to attend school, but says that he already has his list trimmed to just four schools with still plenty of time left to make a decision before signing day.

"Right now it's LSU, Auburn, Georgia and Tennessee," Bell says. "It's those four that I've narrowed it down to so far. I haven't set up any official visits yet, but I'll probably take my Auburn official during the Alabama game."

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