2013 Update: DE Alvonte Bell

Alvonte Bell, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound defensive end out of Florida, holds a handful of offers (one from SMU) and his recruitment is picking up steam as of late.

Alvonte Bell's recruitment appears to be picking up steam fairly quickly.

The junior defensive end out of Everglades High School (Miramar, Fla.) claims to hold offers from SMU, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Alabama and as of this week, Louisville.

"It's been great so far," Bell said of his recruitment. "I'm getting a lot of good attention from big schools."

The 6-foot-5, 215-pound defensemen said he doesn't have a leading school yet.

Bell, who is being recruited by Derrick Odum at SMU, said the Mustangs were the first to extend an offer, which was a "special" offer simply because it was the first one.

Bell said the last time he spoke with Odum was at the end of January. He said the two haven't really discussed football yet.

"He just wants me to focus on my grades right now," Bell said.

Last weekend, Bell took in Junior Day at South Florida and said he really hopes that they offer him soon. He also has his fingers crossed that he hears from UCF and Miami.

Bell, who was born in California, was raised in Arizona before his family moved to Alabama and then Florida because of his mother's job. Growing up, Bell said he didn't really have a college team he rooted for. When he lived in Alabama, he became a fan of the Crimson Tide, but there's no school he's been dreaming of attending his whole life.

He only moved to Florida three years ago at the start of high school and said he thinks he'd like to go to college in-state.

Bell admits he doesn't know much about SMU other than ESPN's 30-for-30 document, Pony Excess.

"I haven't done much research, but from the documentary I watched, it seems they've had a lot of progress since what happened to them with the Death Penalty," he said.

Bell, who says his strengths on the field are his speed and agility, explained that the important factors to him when choosing a school are campus environment and a coaching staff that "doesn't only focus on football, but also life in general."


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