Bell Down To Three After Visit?

Standout safety Tony Bell talks about his visit to Georgia and offers thoughts on both Auburn and LSU.

Alabaster, Ala.--One of Alabama's top prospects took an official visit to Athens, Ga. this weekend to get a close look at Coach Mark Richt's program and came away impressed by what he saw. Athletic 6-2 ½, 205 safety Tony Bell from Thompson High says the visit was a strong one.

"It went pretty well," Bell says. "Everything I was looking for in a college they had. They have a secure coaching staff, good academics, I'll be able to play early, I like the way the players and the coaches got along. I thought that was pretty good. I would probably rate my visit a ‘10'."

Rated as the top player at his position in Alabama and one of the best in the South, Bell has his choice of just about any school to visit, but says that he may be down to just three schools before things are said and done. For a long time Tennessee has been in the running along with Auburn and LSU, but he says that a visit to the Vols isn't certain any longer.

Tony Bell

"I'm going to LSU next weekend and then Auburn after that," Bell says. "I'm debating on whether I'm going to Tennessee on the 30th. I'm not sure.

"LSU has a few good recruiting classes so they are going to have a few good teams as the years come on. I really like Coach (Nick) Saban, but I really don't know how long he's going to be there. I know he said he wasn't going to the Chicago Bears, but he hasn't signed a new contract or anything. I'm still kind of shady on that. Other than that it's a good atmosphere."

A fixture at Auburn practices and games since early August, Bell has been able to see the Tigers up close and personal on defense and also get a chance to meet many of the current players on the team. He says that could be a big advantage is he decides to be a Tiger.

"Auburn is right down the street and I know I'll definitely be able to play early at Auburn," Bell says. "I just like talking to Coach Price (Terry Price). I know a lot of people that play for Auburn so if I come in I won't have to make new friends. That's good."

When his decision will be made is up in the air at the moment. While he admits that he would like to wait as long as possible, he may clear things up earlier to allow schools the time they need to pursue other prospects. That is not normally a consideration for many top players looking to sign on the dotted line in February, but then again Bell is not the normal player on or off the field.

"I'm trying to wait until signing day, but I'm probably going to go ahead and decide after my last visit which I hope will be to Auburn," Bell says. "It will just depend on if I go to Tennessee or not because I don't want to make colleges wait too long. I know they have limited scholarships and they have to get somebody and let somebody go. I don't want to mess anyone up on their scholarships."

Playing in just over five games a senior because of minor injuries, Bell had 70 tackles, four interceptions and two touchdowns.

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