5 star Bell grew up a fan of FSU & Dunn

Florida State is looking to build upon the linebacker class they signed in 2008. One of their primary targets is Scout.com's No.1 rated strong side linebacker Dorian Bell. The Gateway standout is one of the most heavily recruited prospects so far for the class of 2009. NoleDigest caught up with him to talk recruiting and to get his thoughts on the Seminoles.

Dorian Bell is one of the most highly regarded players for the class of 2009. As a junior, Bell led Gateway with 131 tackles, including 25 for loss, 11 sacks, nine pass breakups and one interception. He was named to the "Fabulous 22" team by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the "Terrific 25" by the Tribune-Review. That stellar junior campaign has led to many offers. "I have gotten interest from a lot of schools. Right now I have over 40 offers from schools all over the country. I'm going to start making some unofficials and stuff this weekend when I go check out Maryland," said Bell.

Most kids that grow up in Pennsylvania are fans of either Penn State or Pittsburgh. For Dorian, he grew up liking an out-of-state school. He said, "I actually grew up a fan of Florida State. I like them as a team and I've always been a fan of Warrick Dunn. He is a good guy. FSU is in my top 5 for sure, and they will be in it for me the whole process. I don't know if I will be able to make it down for an unofficial, but I plan on making an official for sure."

Bell says FSU will be in it until the end for him

While he grew up a fan of the Seminoles, he realizes they've gone through some struggles and are making a transition to the post-Bowden era. He has spoken to Coach Jimbo Fisher, and wants to get to know more about the program. "I've spoken to Coach Fisher. We talked for a while. He was telling me about the school and the program; you know stuff like that. Right now I don't know too much, but I want to," explained Bell.

Dorian is a true playmaker at the outside linebacker position, and he hopes to stay there when he gets to the college of his choice. He tells NoleDigest with his speed and size that's where he'll fit in, saying, "I want to play Will in college because that is where all the tackles are at. Right now I am just working on getting my speed down to a 4.4. I'm running a 4.5 right now. Getting faster will help on the next level."

With all the options he already has at hand, Dorian says he plans on making all 5 visits before he makes a decision. Fans won't have to wait until Signing Day, though, to know where he is going. "I'm going to go through the process and make all my visits," says Bell. "I got invited to play at both the Army All-American Game and the ESPN game, but I chose the Army game. I am going to announce then."

Bell says that at this time he has no plans on camping at any particular school, but plans on making an appearance at the Scout.com event March 30th. Stay tuned for further updates with Dorian and the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.

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