Bell Gives Auburn Thumbs Up After Visit

Terry Bell, a heavily-recruited lineman from Lakeland, Fla., talks his unofficial visit to Auburn.

Lakeland, Fla.--Terry Bell says he doesn't have a list of his favorite colleges from a large scholarship offer list of 32 teams, but says when that time comes the Auburn Tigers will be one of the primary teams he is considering.

Bell, a physically-imposing six-foot-five, 297-pound defensive tackle from Teneroc High School, gave a big thumbs up to his visit to Auburn on Sunday.

"Auburn is beautiful," he says, adding, "Auburn is exciting. There are a lot of things you don't expect. Auburn is fun. I love being there."

Defensive tackles are a high priority for Auburn's 2011 signee class, a point that Bell says was made clear by the coaching staff including head man Gene Chizik and defensive line coach Tracy Rocker.

He notes that he was impressed that Chizik would spend an hour of time with him on a Sunday, pointing out that normally prospects don't get a lot more than a hello from a head coach when they make a trip to campus for an unofficial visit.

"I think the head coach is very pleasant about what he said and he is a man of his word just like the defensive line coach (Tracy Rocker)," says Bell, who notes that Chizik was interested in getting to know what kind of person Bell is.

Bell notes that he spent a significant amount of time with Rocker, too. "He is a straight-up guy," Bell says. "I like him a lot. I think he is an honest guy, I think he is going to make me successful. They said they can't wait for me to be up here. They said they want me really bad."

The prospect says he likes the family feel he found at Auburn and notes that is one of the primary things he is looking for in picking a college. "Education, playing time, family and being comfortable, just seeing where I can see myself in the next four or five years," Bell says on his checklist of priorities.

Also a standout at offensive tackle, he says that Auburn is recruiting him for defense and that is where he plans to play in college. "I like hitting the little running backs and making the sacks," he says.

Bell notes that he hasn't made a short list of his favorites yet, but could do that by the end of the summer. He isn't sure if he will cut the list from 32 to 10 or five, but says he is certain about one thing. "Auburn will make the top five," he notes. "No doubt."

Bell says that he had never been out of the state of Florida prior to his road trip to see several campuses. He says that it won't be long until he returns to Auburn and may be back at AU as soon as October to check out a football game and take an official visit.

The rising senior says he has visited a lot of campuses for unofficial trips and camps this year and notes that he is about done with that. The focus will soon switch to his final season of college football. Commenting on his senior goals, he says, "Staying on task, staying out of trouble and getting ready for college football."


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