Scarlet Knights Offer Two-Way Florida Lineman

Terry Bell

One of the up-and-coming players in central Florida during the spring evaluation period was Tenoroc High (Lakeland, Fla.) two-way lineman Terry Bell, and he saw his offers rise to double digits quickly, including the one he received from Rutgers. But one of the issues is where to play Bell as college recruits debate offensive or defensive line.

One of the rising two-way lineman in central Florida is 6-foot-5, 278-pound Terry Bell of Tenoroc High (Lakeland, Fla.), a player Rutgers has been quietly recruiting for months and verbally offered a while ago.

The written offer from Rutgers came recently, and now Tenoroc coach Dave Robson is trying to help Bell select schools to visit this summer, and Rutgers is high on the list.

"Here's the plan we talked about,'' Robson said. "He's going to try and drive to visit the in-state schools on unofficials, and he's going to try to take some other visits, and there's two or three SEC schools he wants to go to that are not far, like Georgia, Auburn and maybe South Carolina.

"Then, we've talked to him taking one visit in (the northeast), and one visit in the mid-west. So, it could be a Michigan and a Rutgers, or a Syracuse, or one of those schools to go to in that area.''

The philosophy is to have Bell visit areas he is not familiar with before he begins trimming a list of offers that quickly pushed past a dozen in the last few weeks.

"I told him when he gets there, get to talk to the players,'' Robson said, "get to rap with them some, and make sure you understand how they feel about the place, and get a feel for who they are and who you might be with for the next four or five years.''

Bell's recruitment accelerated greatly when his junior highlight tape circulated this spring, and Rutgers is one of the programs showing him the most interest.

"I don't think he knows a lot about them,'' Robson said. "I've talked to him about it a little bit, told him what kind of (media) market it is up there and those kinds of things.''

One of the things college recruiters are trying to figure out is where Bell will play. Some are recruiting him to play offensive tackle or guard, and others view him as a defensive tackle.

"He's coming into his own,'' Robson said. "Before, he was just a big kid with that body, but he's maturing some, he's understanding the game better, and he just plays all out. I think that's what those guys have seen on the tape.

"He's got pretty good technique for an offensive lineman, he pass sits pretty well. He's got good strength when he punches. But he runs so well. He runs with the play after it's out of his area. …Sometimes we have a back break a 50-, 60-yard run, and there's Terry running with him right across the goal line.''

But Bell apparently has a preference.

"When he's asked, he tells them he prefers defensive line,'' Robson said. "I actually had Florida call me back and say, ‘Tell Terry we're not looking at him on the offensive line anymore. We're looking at him as a d-lineman.' ''

Robson said Bell will try to decide on a school before the season begins.

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