DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.- It's time for another big-time football prospect from the high school alma mater of NBA star Vince Carter. Mainland High wide receiver prospect Antonio Bell has emerged with a number of major Division I-A scholarship offers and currently has two programs at the top of his list.
"I have offers from West Virginia, Nebraska, Florida International, South Carolina and Tennessee," Bell said, adding that Florida also is showing him some attention but hasn't offered. "I like West Virginia and Nebraska right now."
The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Bell has been playing close attention to the Mountaineers program, which has been in the national spotlight during the past two seasons.
"I just like the West Virginia program," he said. "I haven't been there, but I've seen their school and the campus on the Internet."
Rod Smith is Bell's recruiter of record for WVU.
A former teammate in Lincoln has the Huskers on Bell's mind.
"I have an old teammate at Nebraska, Cruz Barrett," Bell said. "He's been telling me all about the school and all about the city and how nice it is."
Randy Jordan is recruiting Bell for the Huskers. Other recruiters include Steve Spurrier Jr. (South Carolina), Matt Luke (Tennessee) and 2006 Rivals.com Top 25 recruiter Billy Gonzales (Florida).
Several things are of high importance to Bell in terms of picking a school.
"It's going to be the program, the city, the coaches, the players and the people," Bell said.
Bell will play offense, defense and return punts for the Class 5A Bucs in 2007. He is coached by John Maranto at Mainland.