January 8, 2012

Official Visit Weekend: Bell turns recruiter

Safety Cedrik Bell represents that unique Army prospect, who has such a fire in his belly, that he gave his verbal pledge to the Black Knights' staff prior to visiting his eventual college domain minus visiting unofficially or officially.

However, with his identity as a furture cadet secure and his destiny established, Bell took off his prospect hat and replaced it with a brim that should have been labeled recruiter.

"My visit went great," declares Bell. "It was me and my dad ... we flew into LaGuardia Airport. I met up with Garrett Griffin and Coach Mumford (John) came and picked us up from the airport, then we headed to West Point.

So what were Bell's initial on campus experiences as he arrived Friday evening?

"Once we got to West Point, they took us to our hotel (Thayer)," he adds. "I had actually talked to Garrett on Facebook a couple of times, so we already knew one another. So he and I went to my room and actually watched ESPN for about two hours before the rest of the recruits showed up."

The Recruiter Future

So where did the initial connection take place for Bell and Griffin? "I had be looking around on GoBlackKnights.com and saw that he was thinking about coming to West Point and playing for Army, so I was trying to get him to come aboard," says Bell, as he expanded on his conversation with Griffin.

"He talked about the schools that are looking at him like Kansas State and Air Force. I talked about how Army is where he should go, but I really didn't try to press him to attend West Point. But we also just talked about our high school teams, what positions we played, stuff like that ... we just hung out."

I'm very very glad that not only do I have the opportunity to attend West Point, but to also play for Army. I know I have made the right decision.

- Army Commit & Safety, Cedrik Bell

But the evening was just unfolding according to Bell, as all of the scheduled recruits eventually arrived, with the exception of Jonathan Wiener, who's trip was postponed, but expect to see him on campus in late January.

"We met down in the lobby of the hotel and then we headed to the football stadium ... it was awesome," says the safety prospect out of Marion (IN) Marion High School. "We went up to the players' dinning room and got to look down on the field, as well as meeting the players, we got to meet the coaches, we ate and the stadium was lit too. They also had the big screen video at the stadium going as well."

Bell was hosted this weekend by sophomore strong safety Lyle Beloney. "Lyle was really cool and talked to me about all the every day stuff," says Bell. I also talked to Reggie Nesbit ... I talked to most of the sophomore players."

Future Teammates Bond

I talked to Nate Guidry and at one of the lunches we had, we were had the same table," shares Bell. "Then I met Evan Finnane who is already committed ... on Friday night, me, him and Garrett watched the Kansas State game and we all just chilled."

Ironically, Nate Guidry who decommitted from Kansas State wasn't with the trio taking in the game. "I think Nate was in someone else's room," says Bell, who's conversation went back to Griffin, who is also receiving interest from the Wild Cats. "He really likes Army, while Kansas State wants to gray shirt him, but he's not sure if he wants to do that. He's about to go visit Air Force, but Army left a good taste in his mouth and I could definitely see him being here at West Point."

As Bell's visit was coming to a close, he made that proverbial trip to meet with Ellerson. "Coach Ross (Joe) who has handled my recruiting, drove me to Coach E's house this morning (Sunday)," adds the 6-foot-0, 185 pound prospect.

"When I was with Coach Ellerson ... it was basically like you got in, you committed, so we really just talked about my National Signing Day and R-Day (Reception Day)."

Bell closed out his conversation with GoBlackKnights.com by confirming that he knows he has made the best decision for himself.

"I'm very very glad that not only do I have the opportunity to attend West Point, but to also play for Army. I know I have made the right decision."

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