The Florida Gators impressed Bell with the Swamp’s atmosphere

September first was when coaching staffs across the country could officially start communicating with underclassmen and that communication paid off last Saturday as several 2020 prospects visited Gainesville.

One of those 2020 prospects that visited the Florida Gators was 2020 athlete Jaheim Bell (6-3, 204, Valdosta, GA. High) who was on campus for the first time.

“Overall the visit was great,” Bell said of his visit to Florida on Saturday. “I loved the atmosphere. I didn’t really get to do much besides go on the field and watch the game.”

While on campus Bell spoke to multiple coaches including head coach Dan Mullen before Florida took on Kentucky.

“I talked to Coach Mullen and Coach [Christian] Robinson,” he said on the coaches he spoke to. “I talked to both of them before the game started.”

Linebackers coach Christian Robinson is very familiar with prospects in the state of Georgia and he explained that to Bell on Saturday.

“He was just telling me to keep balling,” Bell said of what Robinson told him. “He said I probably didn’t know him but he know me and he was telling me that he knew one of my old coaches. My old coach used to play at Georgia.”

Mullen didn’t say a whole lot to Bell on Saturday but kept the message simple and to the point.

“I didn’t get to talk to Coach Mullen as much,” he said on what Mullen told him. “He was just asking me how I was doing and told me to keep balling.”

This was the first time for Bell to see a Florida game in person but he walked away impressed by a game day in Gainesville.

“I have interest in Florida,” Bell said of his interest in the Gators. “I love the facilities, the atmosphere made me feel like I was home. I feel like I could come to Florida.”

The Gators haven’t offered Bell yet but if Florida does offer the 2020 athlete, the Gators would be a good shape for the Georgia prospect.

“It would mean a lot,” he said on what an offer from Florida would mean. “It would mean that I could have a chance to play at a great SEC school.”

 

INSIDERS TAKE: Michigan has already offered Bell and several other schools are also recruiting him hard but have yet to officially offer the 2020 athlete.

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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 Rivals.com, 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.