Montverde Academy offensive tackle Abdul Bello camped Saturday at Florida, marking his fourth visit to the school.
He is not your average in-state lineman. Bello, a former boxer, moved from Nigeria to the United States in 2013 to pursue a football career.
His recruitment took off in late January and hasn’t slowed since, with several elite programs making the 6-foot-6, 297-pounder a top priority.
The Gators were the first team to offer Bello as well as host him for a game and an unofficial visit, and this weekend they were the first to get him in a summer camp session.
Bello enjoyed working with UF offensive line coach Mike Summers.
“It’s so great,” he said. “He gives you exactly what you need for the competition. It’s really good to work with him. He liked my feet, my arm movement, the way I move and the way I punch.”
Up next for Bello are camps at Florida State, Georgia and South Carolina.
“It’s exciting,” he said. “I want to compete and learn. The more I play, the more I get better. So I just try to get as much reps as possible to correct my mistakes. I want to get ready for my season.”
Bello plans to take five official visits and make a decision after his senior season. The Florida coaches are doing everything they can to land his services.
“They just tell me they really need me,” Bello said. “They want me to be a Gator, and they’re pretty nice to me. The offensive line coach is really good. I think it’s a cool school for me to be in some day. I just want to be in a good place.”