September 19, 2011

Have the Black Knights picked up a new commitment?

Strong safety prospect Cedrik Bell out of Marion (IN) Marion High School appears to be only a phone call away from committing to the Black Knights of Army.

The 6-foot-0, 185 pound prospect is a very physical safety, who also doubles as an outside linebacker for Marion.

Although Bell admitted that he has been working hard to improve on his cover skills, no one can dispute his side to side range and his ability to extend a knockout hit to the opposing ball carrier or receiver.

What the native of Indiana also disclosed was that Army is where he want to play football and attend West Point. caught up with the safety prospect who indicated that the Black Knights reached out to him earlier in the year. "Coach Ross (Army) came to my high school last spring, late May," says Bell.

"He hadn't seen my film yet, but my coaches told him that I was interested and I guess he is over my area .... and had been in the area. He was going to other schools that day. He saw my transcripts and told me to open up an application to West Point to try get accepted as a student. Then if he likes my highlight film, then we would go from there."

Clearly Bell was delighted to hear that the feedback from the Army coaching staff was favorable relative to his football footage and hopefully it is now just a matter of time before he is in a position to give his pledge.

I took that to mean that I was going to try with all my ability to become a Army Black Knight.

- Strong Safety, Cedrik Bell

"When they (Army coaching staff) did get it and looked over, he said they liked what they saw," he adds. I heard from him (Ross) two weeks ago when he called about my Letter of Assurance and if I get my Congressional appointment, I am in for sure."

When did West Point and Army football on the top of Bell's list?

"I have been thinking about going there since my freshmen year, when I was recruited there just for my grades," notes the hard hitting safety prospect. "But when Coach Ross came to my school and believed that I could play for Army. I took that to mean that I was going to try with all my ability to become a Army Black Knight."

Like many prospects recruited by the Black Knights, there is typically that conversation that moves from football to the true mission of West Point and Bell and his family's thoughts were no different. "My mom of course was worried, because you know afterwards where you have to go and serve, so she was worried about that," he shared.

"But my dad actually served in the Army and he fought in Dessert Storm. He told me to keep my options open, just in case I didn't want to go (West Point). I have complete support from everyone in my family about West Point."

So what is Bell's next recruiting step? "After I receive my Congressional appointment, then I will be officially into West Point and at that time the coaching staff will come and re-evaluate me as a football player," says a very confident Bell, who has been keeping his eye on what he hopes will be his future teammates.

"I have followed the entire season and actually they come to Ball State this weekend," says Bell, who has been playing safety and outside linebacker this season at Marion and has plans to see Army play this weekend. "And that's 30 minutes from my home town, so I will be at that game. will continue to follow Bell's recruiting throughout his senior season.

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