Bello gets first offer… a big one

He's only played organized football for one season and just arrived in the states from Africa in August, but Abdul Bello has already received his first scholarship offer to play football and it came at the hands of the University of Florida. The 6-foot-6, 300 pound Bello is about to explode in terms of offers.

Four Florida coaches made their way to Montverde Academy on Monday to visit the school and talk to offensive coordinator Walter Banks about his star lineman Abdul Bello. Head coach Will Muschamp, and assistants Mike Summers, Brian White, and Derek Lewis all showed up to let coach banks know that they were serious about the offer to Bello.

"They told us he had an offer," Coach Banks said Monday. "Coach Lewis, Coach White, Coach Summers, and Coach Muschamp came over to visit today."

Watching Bello play, he is relentless as he plows through defenders and pushes them several yards away from the line of scrimmage. His feet are incredibly quick and it all stands out on tape. They you see him in person and realize just how big he is.

"They said they like that he is a freak of an athlete," banks said of the Florida coaches. "To see a kid that big and move like that on film, you just don't see that very often."

A native of Nigeria, Bello transplanted so that he could earn a college scholarship and play football. Still, he has a lot to learn, including exactly what went down when he did get an offer.

"I had to sit down with him and explain to him what everything meant," Banks said. "Once I talked to him, he knew exactly what I was talking about."

Others are likely soon to follow. Tennessee will pay its third visit in the last two weeks on Tuesday and things are heating up with the Vols as well.

"Tennessee came back twice the other day and I think they were waiting on someone else (to offer)," coach Banks said with a laugh. "They are coming back tomorrow (Tuesday)."

Other prominent schools are also stepping up and recruiting Bello. Missouri, Maryland, Georgia, and Kentucky are a group that has also shown a lot of interest.

But, the gators got their hat in the ring first and now Bello should be visiting the Florida campus on Saturday.

"We are going to come up there to Florida on Junior Day Feb.1," Banks said.

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