Prichard, Ala.--Offensive lineman Wilson Bell arrived for his official visit to Auburn this weekend saying he was committed to Central Florida, but strongly considering Florida State. After spending the weekend at Auburn the Blount High standout said that Auburn and Florida State are his favorites.
"My favorite part of the visit is that the coaches really assured me that they wanted me," Bell said of his time in Auburn, noting that he grew up with the Tigers' as his favorite college team.
Recruited but not offered a scholarship by the previous coaching staff, that changed after Gus Malzahn arrived as head coach and personally made the offer to the Blount High star.
While saying that he has not de-committed from his previous commitment Central Florida, Bell noted that Auburn and Florida State are his favorites. "I should know on Monday about what I am going to do about UCF," he said.
Bell said that he will likely make a decision later this week and let the coaching staffs at his finalists know where he is going, but probably will not announce his choice until signing day on Feb. 6th.
One of the reasons Bell got an offer from the Tigers was his strong performance in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game in December. That proved to be a good experience for Bell.
"The all-star game helped show me that with all of the SEC guys who were invited to the game that I am at that level," he said. "It really assured me that my work in the weight room is making a difference."
Bell has been big for the past couple of years, but is getting bigger. "I have gone from 296 to 302 and I am six-foot-four even," he pointed out. "I am still growing. My doctor projects I will be six-foot-six."
Wilson Bell is shown at the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game.
The lineman said that he is interested in majoring in civil engineering in college and noted that he was impressed with what he saw in that program at Auburn.
Bell said he also liked the players he met, including defensive tackle Tyler Nero, who was his player host. "Tyler is a quiet guy, but once you get to know him he is a really good guy to be around."
He added that Nero and other Auburn players he met said they liked the new coaching staff, which Bell said is something he wanted to hear.
One of the coaches he knows well is Dameyune Craig, who was a star quarterback at Blount High. "I really enjoy Dameyune being at Auburn and I feel like if I do go to school there I will have an inside guy on the coaching staff," Bell said. "I really like him being at Auburn. It is a connection going back to school."
Although both Auburn and FSU made late offers, Bell made it clear he could land at either program. "I really feel in love with those two," he said. "They are making that decision a hard one."
Commenting on the Seminoles, Bell said he likes the players he met and offensive line coach Rick Trickett. He also noted that he likes that the Seminoles are playing well on the field. "I feel that Florida State is a school that is already there, but I?feel like Auburn is a school on the rise so in the next two years they should be in the national championship."
Bell noted that he likes J.B. Grimes, Auburn's offensive line coach. "J.B. is a really, really good guy," Bell said. "I enjoyed being with him and he kept telling me how much he needed me and wanted me at Auburn, and I like to feel wanted."
The big lineman said that he believes his quickness and athletic ability would make him an excellent fit for what the Tigers do with their guards.