Interest is rising for 6-foot-2, 271-pound defensive tackle Rich Bell. The Salisbury (Conn.) Salisbury School lineman already claims two official offers and believes more could be on the way in the near future.
"So far he's been offered by Akron and Northeastern," his father, Dick Bell said. "He's been heavily recruited by a bunch of other schools as well."
This summer is quickly shaping up to be a decisive one for the Connecticut prospect.
"We're going to take a trip on June 12th through the 16th and go to schools that have offered him or indicated they might," he said. "We're looking at unofficials to Kentucky, Cincinnati, Miami (Ohio), Toledo, Bowling Green, Purdue, Western Michigan, Akron, Ohio and than on a separate trip more than likely we'll go to SMU. We're also obviously going to go to Boston College to see them too."
At this time, five schools are currently leading for Bell's services.
"In there is Boston College, Kentucky, SMU, Cincinnati and then all of the MAC schools in a big bunch. I know he is very interested in Akron and they've got a great coaching staff with a three man front. The schools in the MAC are not an afterthought at all," he said. "For the most part, Rich is like every other player trying to go to the highest level he can.
"We're not going to wait around for an offer. If a school doesn't offer he still plans to make a decision this summer, probably sometime in July."
His father, Dick who played in the NFL went a bit into detail about his son's talent.
"The kid is a stud," he said. "I played in the NFL for a bit and he's the best of my bunch. He's explosive and really strong. He benched 185-pounds 38 times and ran a 4.31-second shuttle. That's really good for a guy his size at 6-foot-2, 277-pounds."