Welcomed Surprise

Prichard, Ala., offensive lineman Wilson Bell arrived at Ole Miss for an official visit this weekend with Florida State and Auburn on his mind. However, he left Oxford with the Rebels squarely in the mix.


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"To be honest, I loved everything about Ole Miss," Bell said. "I just had no idea that the campus would be like that. The players, coaches, just everything. I just didn't know it would be like that."

Scout.com's No. 45 rated offensive guard wasn't sure what he was looking for when he left on the trip to Ole Miss but his experience in Oxford went better than expected.

"Way better, just way better. Like I said, I didn't know it was like that at Ole Miss. The atmosphere in that town is everything you're looking for in a college town."

Where does Bell's recruitment now stand?

"Ole Miss is definitely in my top three now. I don't have an order anymore, but I'd put Ole Miss up there with Auburn and Florida State. I probably had those other two schools ahead of Ole Miss until this weekend. I just felt like I fit in really well at Ole Miss. They're crazy about their Ole Miss football up there."

What stands out about FSU the most?

"Coach (Rick) Trickett. He and I just have a great bond. He knows how to get his players to the league."


"Auburn has always been my dream school to go to. I could never hate on Auburn. They've been at the top of my list for a long time but this visit made it kind of hard."

Ole Miss?

"I just like the family feeling at Ole Miss. Everybody is like in one big group. The players are not divided. The community is behind you. The coaches love the players and the players love the coaches. I just like that family feel they have there."

Bell took in official visits to all three of his top schools. Which one felt the most at home?

"Really, all three of them had the same feeling. All three towns are what you want in a college town. They all love their football at Auburn, Ole Miss and FSU. I'm just going to have to go home and weigh the pros and cons of each school. I'm going to look at their academics, players, and I want to see if the coaches can get me to the next level. I want to play in the NFL one day. I just want to know where their program is headed. I want to play for someone that's on the rise."

When will that decision be made?

"I'll make it Tuesday and announce where I'm going Wednesday."

Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for Scout.com and he can be reached at yporter@scout.com

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