Allen Bell didn't know what to expect when he came to Ames for an official visit on January 13th. What he received was some cold weather with a little snow thrown in.
But whatever chilling affect the weather had on Bell was melted away by the warm reception he received from ISU coaches and players when he arrived on campus.
"I came away very impressed with the direction the Cyclones are headed
in," Bell said. "I liked the campus a while and I would easily fit in
Bell came alone on the visit and met with the entire coaching staff, including Coach Gene Chizik. He went out to dinner Saturday night with quarterback Bret Meyer and wide receiver Marquis Hamilton.
"I was feeling right at home with them," Bell
The 3-star JUCO prospect from Tallahassee (FL) is currently playing at Independence Community College in Independence (KS). He originally heard about ISU through his high school position coach, who is an acquaintance of Coach Chizik's.
He is considered a "soft verbal" commitment to Mississippi, but "I'll
wait until Signing Day to make a (final) decision," Bell said.
Bell checks in at 6 feet 1 inches and weighs 195 pounds. He reports a 40-yard dash time of 4.39, a 305-pound bench press, and a 395-pound squat. He was originally offered scholarships by 10 schools but has narrowed his final list down to Ole Miss, Louisville, East Carolina, and Iowa State.