Tenoroc's Bell Talks Offers

Tenoroc's Bell Talks Offers

It has been a busy and wild time for Terry Bell since his highlight tape surfaced. The big, physical Defensive Tackle/Offensive Tackle from Tenoroc High School in Lakeland, Fl has seen a flood of offers come in from all over the country. The 6'5, 270 pound rising senior has over 20 offers including verbals.

Terry Bell currently holds written offers from Florida State, Georgia, Clemson, Tennessee, Auburn, Nebraska, West Virginia, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Illinois, South Florida, Central Florida, Kentucky, Purdue, Minnesota, and Syracuse. He has verbal offers from Miami, Florida, and Michigan.

"I pretty much have offers from all the schools in Florida," Bell explained.

For as overwhelming as the influx of attention would seem, Bell appears to be taking it in stride. When asked if he has developed any favorites, Bell replied, "No, not yet. I am pretty much medium towards everyone across the board."

The Polk County native admitted to watching the Hurricanes and Seminoles growing up, but admitted that he does have any allegiance to them.

"I watched pretty much everyone growing up. Anybody that was from Polk County and went to that school, that is who I watched. I am open."

As a two-way standout for the Tenoroc Titans, Bell excels at both OT and DT, but is not shy to admit that he wants to play on the defensive side of the ball.

"I am open either way, but I prefer defensive line. I love making the big tackles...making big plays."

Head Coach Dave Robson certainly agrees with that.

"I thought defensively is where he will be at the next level. I felt like he could play and make an impact," Coach Robson said. "He is the kind of athlete that teams look for on the defensive line to get his hands up and make a big shield. Terry really wants to please and do what you ask him to do. He just really loves to play the game and it is exacting to watch him do it. Ultimately, he could play either side of the ball and is excited about playing either side."

That will certainly be no problem for Bell as coaches from many schools recruiting him, like FSU's Rick Trickett and Odell Haggins, would love for him to play either side.

Sifting through all the offers, Bell explained what he was looking for in his future choice and the idea of going away from home and playing in other climates was not a concern in the decision process.

"Academic programs and where I can see myself living the next four years are the two most important factors," Bell said.

For those wondering, Bell is serious about his academic desires and getting his degree.

"In three to four year, I see myself playing football and pursuing my degree. If I think I can leave early my junior year.....if I am good enough to leave, then I will work harder to get my degree done early."

There certainly is no rush in mind when it comes to making his decision and he has no real time table either, "In November I will think about my top 10 or top 5. I have too much ahead of me right now."

For now Bell intends to turn his focus towards picking some summer camps out and improving his skills for next year.

I am going to go to some summer camps, I just don't know which ones. I want to work on my speed and running ability. Work on my hand technique instead of bull rushing every time. I also want to get stronger and gain another ten pounds."

Bell also remains focused on school and his senior football season, where the Tenoroc Titans, in their third year, will take on a tough schedule that includes Mulberry, Auburndale, Lake Wales, Winter Haven, with powerhouses Lakeland and Fort Meade. "Auburndale is the rivalry game, I can't wait to play Mulberry." Bell's eyes lit up when we talked about playing Lakeland, they have been the class of Polk County for years and it was obvious that Bell relishes the challenge.

The Titans and Coach Robson hope to surprise many teams this season as Robson believes that this year's players are feeling like a true, unified team. If Terry Bell has any say, they just might pull off some of those surprises.

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