Rico Bell, a standout safety for Zebulon Vance HS (NC), was one of the four players who committed to the Cavaliers and he spoke with HooNation.com about his decision. "What stood out the most to me about Virginia is the fact that all the coaches and players were all straightforward with me. It's a good fit." Bell had such a solid year that he was selected to play in the NC-SC Shrine Bowl which showcases the top seniors from each state. How good of a season you ask? "I had 104 tackles, 6 interceptions, and scored 2 touchdowns," Bell said. The thing that you have to consider is that most team's did their scouting report on him and often times teams tried to stay away from the safety.
"Oh yeah I'm excited about getting to play in the Shrine Bowl." It's there that Bell will get a chance to bond with two of his future teammates in quarterback O.C. Wardlow and wide receiver Chris Dalton. Rico told us that, "No I haven't got to meet them yet," but he's looking forward to it.
We asked Bell to tell us what makes him such an outstanding safety? His response, "Well my speed for one and I have good instincts. I've got good hands too, plus I'm able to make plays from the safety position."
Just how fast is Bell? He's run a legit 4.35 in the forty and he touched a little on the subject of speed as well. "Speed is an area that I definitely want to try and improve on. Just getting even faster than I am now."
"Coach Mike Groh was my lead recruiter for Virginia," he told us. With the recent drastic changes in the staff Bell also assured us that he was comfortable with his decision. "Nah I'm solid with UVa."
Already being such a highly touted player at his safety position Rico shed a little light on someone that he's looking forward to playing with and learning from when he gets to Charlottesville. "Well when I get to Virginia I'm going to try and learn all I can from Nate Lyles. He was my host on my official visit."
Look for more coverage on Rico Bell as the Shrine Bowl is less than two weeks away. HooNation.com will be there for all of the practices and the game as well for exclusive interviews, photos, video footage, and player evaluations.
Rico Bell gets set to inflict more punishment on the opposing offense.
Bell prepares for the next play.
Bell adjusts his equipment and gets set to make yet another play.