Prospect Report: William Bell and Michael Gaddy

Kris Dutra enters his second season as head coach of the Allan Hancock Bulldogs with a number of question marks. The Bulldogs, who have been to eight straight bowl games since 1994, face a challenging WSC schedule and daunting non-conference match ups versus Bakersfield, El Camino, and Long Beach.

Dutra has a lot of new faces on his coaching staff, including a new defensive coordinator, wide receivers coach, offensive line coach. And he has a lot of new faces on the team, too, with only five starters returning on offense and. less than that on defense. If there's a plus side to the attrition it's that eighteen sophomores from last year's 7-4 squad (lost to Cerritos in bowl game) moved on to four-year schools.

The cupboard isn't totally bare, though. Here's a quick look at the Bulldogs' top prospects for 2002:

William Bell
Defensive Tackle
6-3, 290
Fort Mead, Florida

If defensive tackle William Bell takes care of a few academic obligations back home in Florida this summer, he will end one of the more highly sought after defensive linemen in California. He's physically gifted with size (6-3, 290), strength (425 BP, and speed (5.0 forty) that four-year schools covet.

"Bell has come a long way since the 2001 season. Last year was a growing year for him. Kids mature so much between their freshman and sophomore year," said Dutra. "Talent wise, he's one of the best defensive linemen we've had at Hancock."

The coaching staff gives credit to now-graduated Bulldogs wide receiver, Chad Clark (Bethune-Cookman signee), for getting Bell to exchange the south for Santa Maria, California. Clark and Bell were former teammates back in Fort Mead, Florida.

Four-year schools from all across the nation are inquiring about Bell. "There's mail from so many schools...I couldn't even begin to tell you," said Dutra.

Michael Gaddy
Running Back
6-0, 225
Easton, Pennsylvania

The Bulldogs offense will be powered by first-team All-WSC tailback Michael Gaddy.

"From an overall package standpoint, Gaddy's our best player. He's a very physical runner and a guy who will just smash you. If he has a good line, he'll be one of the better backs in California," said Dutra.

At 6-0, 225 pounds, Gaddy is load running between the tackles and when he gets into the open field. Although not a blazer (4.6) he possesses excellent vision and is capable of taking it the distance.

Dutra points out that Gaddy is a genuine contender off the football field, too, where he is respectful and attentive to school work.

"He should get out in May or possibly even midyear. Michael will make any D1 a better program," said Dutra.

Lots of four-year schools are asking about Gaddy already, including Utah and Utah State. Most Pac-10 schools have requested film, too.

As was the case with Bell, give credit to a former Bulldogs' player for Gaddy's landing in Santa Maria. It was wide receiver Jermaine Moore (San Diego St. signee), who recruited the big tailback to Allan Hancock.

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