Gateway [Pa.} superstar outside linebacker Dorian Bell is one of the most heavily recruited players in the Midwest. Bell, who had 131 tackles and 11 sacks as a junior, talked about his 2007 season at Gateway.
"We had a great team and we had a very exciting year," Bell began. "We played in Heinz Field for the championship game and came up just short, but it was still a great season for us. I think I had a good year, but I think there are a lot of things I need to work on going into my senior season."
Bell has received scholarship offers from most of the top programs in America, but that hasn't stopped him from working on his game to become a better player.
"I'm watching a lot of film, trying to become a more knowledgeable player," he said. "I'm mostly watching film of last year's games and trying to learn from the mistakes I made. I'm also working on getting bigger and faster. I'm 6-foot-1 and weigh 220-pounds. I played at around 215-pounds last year. I might be able to do more things offensively this year as well. They're talking about me playing some runningback this year."
Bell is also focusing on recruiting and is enjoying the entire process so far.
"Recruiting is going great and I'm loving it right now," Bell admitted. "A lot of coaches are coming at me pretty hard and that's cool. I'm not sure exactly how many offers I have right now. In no certain order, I'm interested in Michigan, Ohio State, Florida, Florida State, Oklahoma and Penn State, and maybe a few more. All of them have offered. I'm not sure about how many unofficial visits I might take this spring. I will need to talk that over with my coach, Terry Smith. I know I'll be going to the Scout Combine next week in Pittsburgh, but the rest of the spring is kind of up in the air right now."
Bell not only has an offer from Ohio State, but he admitted the Buckeyes are high on his list.
"Things are great between me and Ohio State right now," Bell stated. "They are a school I'm looking at very closely. I love the coaching staff at Ohio State. Their coaches are great. I'm being recruited by Joe Daniels, but I talk to Jim Tressel all the time. Coach Tressel and I have a great relationship. We joke around a lot on the phone and stuff. I was there for a basketball game this winter. We toured the facilities and I thought they were great. I will be going to the spring game with my family and we are looking forward to that."
Bell certainly noticed that last week Ohio State signed fellow Pennsylvanian Terrelle Pryor to a letter of intent.
"Signing Terrelle Pryor definitely gives Ohio State a greater chance of winning," Bell said. "I thought it was cool that he signed with Ohio State, but that probably wouldn't have an impact on my choosing a college."
Bell has a certain timetable in my mind for eventually making a decision.
"I do want to go on all my official visits next spring," he said. "I want to see what other colleges have to offer before I make a final decision. It's going to be tough narrowing down my list but I plan on working on that throughout the summer. I've been selected to play in the Army All American game and I plan on announcing at the game."
We will continue to track the recruiting of Gateway's Dorian Bell and will update his situation on a regular basis.