Bell to Visit AU After Playoff Showdown

Prospect T'Sharvan Bell has a busy weekend scheduled that includes a huge state playoff contest.

Seminole, Fla.--It's a big weekend for Osceola High football standout T'Sharvan Bell who plans an official visit to check out the Auburn Tigers on Saturday.

His top-ranked Kowboys will play host on Friday night to the powerful Lakeland Dreadnaughts, a team that had a 53-game winning streak snapped earlier this year by Bell and his teammates.

Bell, a two-way star for Osceola, scored the winning touchdown on a quarterback keeper with 24 seconds left for a 25-21 victory over Lakeland that moved the Kowboys to No. 1 the in Class 5A state rankings.

Last week Bell threw a 48-yard touchdown pass in his team's 34-17 first round state playoffs victory over Plant City. The competition stiffens considerably for round two.

"The Lakeland game was my favorite one," says Bell, who is also a standout cornerback, the position he is being recruited to play by colleges like Auburn. "We scored first, but we were behind almost the whole game. We were behind 21-7 in the fourth quarter and came back and won."

Bell, who was a standout at an Auburn summer football camp, says he is looking forward to his second official visit after checking out the Clemson Tigers two weeks ago. "It was pretty good," he says of his visit to Clemson. "I liked it up there."

Commenting on his trip to Auburn, he says, "Coach (Terry) Price is recruiting me. He told me they really need me."

Bell is aware that the Tigers are looking to replace senior cornerbacks Patrick Lee, Jonathan Wilhite and Zach Gilbert.

"I want to see them show me a lot of love," Bell says of his expectations for the weekend in Auburn. He notes on his trip to AU for a summer camp that he found a lot of enthusiasm for the Tigers. "They are all about Auburn when you go there," he says. "Everybody in the town is that way, which is something I like. I am looking forward to my visit."

Bell says that he has scored 17 touchdowns this season, intercepted four passes and has around 50 tackles on defense along with 800 passing yards for his 11-0 team. He says he isn't surprised with how well the Kowboys are playing. "I knew we were going to be this good," he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers.

He had eight interceptions as a junior, but notes he believes his 2007 season has been more impressive. "I am definitely better this year as a senior," he says. "My biggest improvement is probably my back-pedal and breaking on the ball."

Bell says he also plans to check out the civil engineering program this weekend in Auburn, something he says is a high priority. "It is real big. You aren't going to be able to play football all of your life. You have to have something to fall back on. I have to have a good education."

Following his trip to Auburn, Bell plans to take official visits the next two weeks to South Carolina and Georgia Tech.

"Those four schools (Auburn, Clemson, South Carolina and Georgia Tech) are the main ones," Bell says. "I may take another visit after Christmas, but I will probably be done with it and committed by then."

Bell is one of a dozen prospects scheduled for official visits this weekend.

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