June 8th, 2014 12:35pm

Gators in great shape for Bello

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Abdul Bello is ranked a top-100 overall prospect by ESPN and 247Sports. (Photo by Zach Abolverdi/The Gainesville Sun)

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.”

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22 Comments

  1. June 8th, 2014 1:18 pm

    I think we can get him.

    by Gary


  2. June 8th, 2014 5:34 pm

    awesome we got Jones today. Bet some of the fanbase is less than thrilled. Jones and Harris are the future QB’s of the team.

    by Bert


  3. June 8th, 2014 5:35 pm

    Why would anyone be not thrilled with getting a quarterback? He seems to be the type of quarterback that fits the spread. The question is whether Roper will still have a job when signing day rolls around. Let’s hope this guy is better than the last guy from his school.

    by snowprint


  4. June 8th, 2014 5:38 pm

    Bert, you’re right. I believe Harris will see significant minutes this season.

    by JB3


  5. June 8th, 2014 6:55 pm

    Things are looking up!!

    by Dan Dixon


  6. June 8th, 2014 7:51 pm

    We’re building the calibre of offensive talent that will take us back to the highest level. Glad to have Harris, Grier and, hopefully, Jones. Plus the lineman Belo as a strong possibility. Good days are ahead.

    by Gatormac


  7. June 8th, 2014 9:21 pm

    NBA finals, French Open Championship etc. and all we keep getting are 2015 recruiting blogs? seems a bit odd, I know its a college town but wow.

    by Ted


  8. June 8th, 2014 10:01 pm

    I hope we get this guy! I like the look I see in his eyes in the picture. He looks flat out mean. I know I wouldn’t want to line up against him if he had that look in his eye! Come to gainesville!

    by That_Uat_Guy


  9. June 9th, 2014 6:46 am

    You must scare easy that -_ guy.. If u want to be scared look at the National Champ class

    by James Fisher


  10. June 9th, 2014 6:49 am

    Wonder what happend to the “forum”???? It does not pay to be mean administrators!!!

    by James Fisher


  11. June 9th, 2014 8:24 am

    Ted,
    This is GATORsports.com, and you’re reading a blog about “the latest buzz on UF recruiting.” And it’s the most viewed on our site. If you want to read about the Finals or the French Open, go somewhere else and stop commenting here. We don’t cover either of those things.

    by Zach Abolverdi


  12. June 9th, 2014 9:25 am

    As far as the GSMB forum is concerned, i does appear that a few feathers were ruffled. I guess some people just don’t have a sense of humor.

    by Divits888


  13. June 9th, 2014 9:26 am

    How do you rest on the sideline between every offensive snap and still play offense?

    by Divits888


  14. June 9th, 2014 9:27 am

    Watched this years Spring game where Montverde Academy played The First Academy. Mr. Bello towered above the competition but had a really bad habit of holding (which wasn’t called) and he needed a rest on the sideline between every offensive snap. If he is a diamond in the rough it will take a lot of polish. Florida, FSU, and Clemson were on the sidelines watching.

    by Randy Scott


  15. June 9th, 2014 11:07 am

    This guy looks like a man eater lol!

    by Scott


  16. June 9th, 2014 12:07 pm

    Is UF holding another camp this Summer? Many of the top prospects were at the 5 Star challenge this past weekend. I think it would be a great benefit to get a high profile guy from the state of Florida to commit early since most of the players targeted by Florida don’t even know Jones. He is a great pickup, but in-state is where UF has to make hay.

    by snowprint


  17. June 9th, 2014 4:45 pm

    James, scared of FSU? Ha not in your lifetime. You seem scaredof us though seeing as you can’t help yourself from checking in and trolling. Worried your time on top of the mountain is gonna come to a sudden end as the Gators rise and everyone realizes last yearwas a fluke for both teams? haha Stay scared my Nolies.

    by That_UAT_Guy


  18. June 9th, 2014 6:22 pm

    We cannot get enough big uglys. They are the base for any football team!

    by Vick


  19. June 10th, 2014 8:57 am

    Mr. Hat guy,
    Florida State University will win 3 out of the next 5 Championships… What has encouraged your thought process that UF is going to make some sort of comeback? Remember when the Gator faithful were making fun of FSU about the “we back” statements? Well, we back and you aint.
    Also Bello is going to USC, he wants to leave the state.

    by James Fisher


  20. June 10th, 2014 8:58 am

    Not trolling just being the “truth teller”

    by James Fisher


  21. June 11th, 2014 12:16 am

    Hahaha. You’re funny fisher. 1 good year out of 20 and you get cocky? hahaha. Have fun with another 20 years of disappointment!

    by That_UAT_Guy


  22. June 12th, 2014 3:35 pm

    Gators are back……watch!!!!!!!! Tabor and heargraves,harris at safety……bring it…..we loaded……..winston and free shoes u in trouble……we got a top notch te…….roper gonna move the ball…..TRUST

    by break it


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