Feb. 15, 2013
Another day and another breakdown of one of Florida State's 2013 signees. This time it's three-star offensive lineman Wilson Bell.
A former UCF commitment, Bell saw his recruiting skyrocket in the month of January when he was offered by Ole Miss, Auburn and FSU within days of each other. The increased interest from some of the bigger names in the world of college football led to Bell's eventual de-commitment from the Knights on Jan. 28 before he wound up choosing the Seminoles after much debate between them, the Rebels and the Tigers.
So, why did Bell choose FSU? And what type of player are the 'Noles getting in the Blount, Ala. native?
The 6-foot-4, 305-pound lineman was recruited to Florida State to play offensive tackle where the Seminoles have an opening on the right side following the early departure of Menelik Watson to the NFL. The chance to compete for that spot as well as the opportunity to play for FSU offensive line coach Rick Trickett was what ultimately sold Bell on Tallahassee.
He won't be coached by Jeremy Pruitt, but FSU fans can thank the new defensive coordinator for his help in landing the big man. Pruitt's ties to the state of Alabama came in handy when he traveled with Trickett to visit Bell late in the process.
As for the player that FSU is getting, Bell has an immense frame that is capable of adding good weight and strength. He has long arms and big hands and has the chance to be a special player with hard work, dedication and a full "buying in" of Tricikett's system.
“He’s very big, he’s extremely athletic," FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said. "We’ve never seen the film until January. He’s 6-4 and change and weighs 308, something like that, can bend – great lower body flexibility. A great physical player and in the all-star game, he dominated. He was the best linemen in that game. Very, bring and intelligent and looks you in the eye.
"He has all the intangibles – he was coached very well. He’s very developed for a high school man too.”
Bell's signature for FSU was critical because the Seminoles needed as many quality offensive linemen as they could manage this recruiting cycle. He'll come to Tallahassee in June with the chance to earn playing time through competition and diligent work in the weight room, film room and on the practice fields.
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