"It was a great visit," the Osceola High School senior tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I liked everything about it--the coaches, their families, the players. Everything about the visit was good."
Mike Slade, a freshman defensive back from Tallahassee, Fla., was Bell's player host for his weekend in Auburn. "He is a good guy and he is from Florida, too," Bell says. "He introduced me to a lot of players, particularly the players from Florida so that was cool."
Commenting on what stood out the most about his official visit, Bell says, "Everybody in Auburn is nice. Everybody knows about you and cares about you at Auburn."
The football standout is interested in studying civil engineering at Auburn. "I toured the engineering buildings and talked to some of the advisers," he says. "I enjoyed that a lot."
He also toured the football facilities, including Jordan-Hare Stadium. "They showed me what is what," Bell says. "For example, how they go about things on a daily basis as far as classes, workouts and going to practice."
Bell was injured in the state playoff semi-finals and had to have knee surgery. "It is coming along, but the rehab has not been easy," he says. "It was for an ACL and a lateral meniscus." He says that not being able to compete in the state championship game was a major disappointment.
Commenting on his senior statistics, he says, "I had 17 total touchdowns, over 60 tackles, eight interceptions, 900 passing yards and over 600 rushing yards."
The two-way standout plans to play in the secondary for new Auburn defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads, who also coaches the cornerbacks and safeties.
I talked to Coach Rhoads and I think he is really good," Bell says. "I think I will get along with him just fine. He talked to me and named some of the guys he has coached who made it to the NFL. That was enough for me. That is all I needed to know."
The 6-1, 175 defensive back says he believes he will play cornerback for the Tigers, but adds that safety is a possibility, too. "Who knows what the situation will be when I get to Auburn and we look at the depth chart."
Bell says he is looking forward to college. "I am planning to be back in Auburn in June to start classes," he says.f
Other visitors to Auburn over the weekend included brothers Marcel Dareus and Demerius Dareus from Huffman High in Birmingham and offensive tackle Antoine McClain from Anniston. Spencer Pybus from Northview High and Watson Downs from Houston Academy visited and have offers to walk-on at AU.