Antonio Bell Looking Around

Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland star Antonio Bell had ended speculation and pledged his verbal commitment to the University of Tennessee. The 6-1, 178-pound wide receiver with 4.45 speed called tight end coach Matt Luke at 6:00 p.m. on April 30th to share the good news but things have since changed.

Mainland High School is sitting at 4-2 and a large part of their success is due to the play of wide receiver Antonio Bell. Despite constant double and triple teams, Bell has accounted for 20 catches with 320 yards and five touchdowns. Bell had committed to the Tennessee Volunteers back in April but has changed his mind.

"I am now looking at Florida, Oregon, Virginia and West Virginia," Bell said. "I just think that I need to keep my options open to all the schools that are showing me interest and all of those teams are currently in contact with me despite the Tennessee commitment."

"I talk to wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales at least twice a week," he added. "Coach talks to me about all kinds of stuff such as my family life and just life outside of football. Coach Gonzales told me that he will do whatever he needs to do so that the end result is me being in Gainesville for the next four or five years."

Despite the early commitment, Bell has somewhat always had his eyes on the Gators and had a chance to watch them in person when Tennessee rolled into town.

"I loved it," Bell said. "It was something else. I was in The Swamp last year when the Gators played Alabama and this game was crazier than that game. It was overall just a great time for a major college football game. I had a chance to talk to many recruits like Jeremy Brown and Patrick Johnson. Right now, I am weighing all of my options and giving everyone a look that is looking at me. I also like North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Clemson and Iowa."

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