The Mastic Beach, N.Y., star is coming off a strong junior year that saw him quickly rise near the top of New York recruits for his class. This fall for William Floyd High, Bedell had 189 carries for 1,531 yards and 16 touchdowns. He was also reliable catching the ball out of the backfield, tallying 11 receptions for 169 yards and two touchdowns. And he has enjoyed some solid years as a defensive back, a position where Penn State is recruiting the player.
Right now, Bedell holds an offer from FCS program Stony Brook, but the level of interest in the junior from major BCS programs is high – and the list of suitors is long.
Duke, Boston Bollege, Rutgers, Temple, Syracuse, West Virginia, UCLA, Penn, Pitt, Penn State, UConn, Stony Brook, Northwestern, Akron, Stanford and Vanderbilt are all actively pursuing the shifty and speedy running back.
"I have been getting a lot of letters from Penn State and Rutgers, and was invited to all of their home games," Bedell told FightOnState.com. "They are showing great interest in me. The coaches I talk to the most are coach [Kermit] Buggs from Penn State and coach Kyle Flood from Rutgers. The West Virginia coach came to my school as well."
In addition to Rutgers and Penn State, Bedell said that Pitt had invited him to a game as well.
"I am looking for a school with great discipline, a good football team, great academics and a good coaching staff," Bedell said.
With an offseason of combines and camps, not to mention some visits planned, Bedell is happy where things are with the recruiting process but typical for the speedster, he'd like things to pick up and turn the corner sooner.
"I think the recruiting process is going good so far but I thought it would move a lot faster than it is," Bedell said.