LSU moves up for Bell

As the LSU coaching staff begins to sew up the few remaining loose ends on the recruiting class of 2004, Tony Bell is high on their list of targets. The safety from Alabaster, Ala., visited LSU last and says he left Baton Rouge with a favorable impression.

"It was pretty good," the 6-foot-2, 210-pound Bell said of the visit. "They had everything I was looking for. I had fun with the players too and I like the coaches they're real stable."

Bell fits into the new mode of safety that has become more prevalent in recent years, with linebacker size to play the run and the speed and playmaking ability to play center field in a defense as well. He's said in the past that he models his game after former Oklahoma and current Dallas Cowboys All-Pro Roy Williams as well as Miami's All-American Sean Taylor.

Bell was particularly impressed by the atmosphere around Baton Rouge, which was still buzzing after the Sugar Bowl, and also by LSU's Academic Center for Student Athletes. He has LSU tied with Auburn and Georgia and says a chance to play quickly will go a long way in helping him make his decision.

"I broke down film with the coaches (at LSU)," Bell says. "I liked their plan with always bringing somebody, and they play a lot of nickel and dime with a lot of DBs. So I feel like there's a good chance for me to play."

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