Gators impress in-state OL at camp

The Gators have been scouting the high school halls this past month looking for the top prospects in the country. On Saturday several of those prospects returned the favor by visiting Florida.

One of those prospects was offensive lineman Abdul Bello (6-5, 298, Montverde, FL Academy) who was thrilled to be coached by coaches at the next level.

“It was great. It was good to come out here and camp with the college coaches,” Bello said. “It was very exciting to work with the coaches and the players. They are very nice people here and I got better out here today. I don’t like to lose reps but it showed me what I need to work on.”

This was the first college camp that Bello has attended but according to the lineman and his coach this will only be the first of four camps this week.

“I’ve never been to a camp so it’s exciting to be out here for my first one,” Bello said. “I plan on going to Florida State, South Carolina and Georgia this coming week. It’s going to be a busy week.”

With all of these camps coming up and Bello being new into the recruiting world, the rising senior says he doesn’t have any leaders at this point.

“Right now I’m just focusing on researching these schools,” Bello said. “Right now I don’t have any leaders but I want to make a decision after my senior season after I take my official visits to some schools.”

When Bello does go on his official visits this fall he knows what he’s looking for out of each school and one part he has already seen from Florida.

“I want to see the environment and the coaches at all of the schools that’s a big factor,” Bello said. “The academics is a big factor too. During the junior day at Florida I got to see the academics and talk to some of the academic people.”

Insider’s Take: Bello is very new to the game of football and to the recruiting game but the early returns from his camp is that Florida and Florida State have an early edge. Bello is likely to his recruitment close to the distance of signing day.

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.