Bello knows Gators need him

At 6-foot-6 and 297 pounds, Montverde Academy offensive tackle Abdul Bello is a bit different of a high school football player. Bello has played all of six organized football games in his life, but has over 20 college football scholarships and a ticket to perform in the 2015 Under Armour All-American game. He also has a lot to learn about the game and gleaned a lot in Gainesville Saturday.

Abdul Bello is a transplant from Nigeria, Africa where he lived his entire life until about a year ago. He came to the United States because of his tremendous size and athletic ability. He has made quick work in turning his physical ability into an opportunity to play college football and get a college education in return. That was the full objective when he came to the states.

Now he is going on a camping tour this summer and objective number one is to learn more about the game that will help him that will get him his education for free. A by-product of that will be to learn more about the schools he is looking at and to help form an objective opinion about them.

The first stop was in Gainesville, where he spent Saturday learning from Florida offensive line coach Mike Summers and senior Gator offensive tackles Chaz Green and Trenton Brown.

Bello spoke after the camp session.

"It's going pretty good," Bello said before identifying what part he was working most on. "Pass protection… just learning about my hands, feet, everything."

Bello really appreciated the style of coaching that came from Summers.

"It's so great," he said. "He gives you exactly what you need for competition. It is very good to work with him. He likes my feet, my arm movement, and the way I move. He said he likes my punch."

Bello and Summers

The Gators aren't being shy with Bello, they have let him know how important he is to their future plans.

"They tell me they really need me," he said of the Gator staff. "They want me to be a Gator. They are pretty nice to me. The players are nice, the language is pretty good. I think it would be comfortable for me to be here someday."

Bello will rely a lot on others when it comes time to make a college decision. He has so much to learn about this country and even the game of football. He needs a little assistance in making a lot of decisions. He says a decision will come later, "Maybe after my season".

His summer tour continues with trips to Florida State, South Carolina, Georgia, Miami, and LSU. In the end he knows some of what is important to him in his decision on a school.

"I am looking for coaching, academics, players, development," he said.

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