Purdue '19 IN WR - David Bell (Purdue Verbal)

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    SURGING AHEAD?
    Ohio State hosted several prospects on official visits this weekend, including St. Louis four-star wide receivers Marcus Washington and Jameson Williams and Texas four-star Elijah Higgins.

    Indianapolis Warren Central four-star David Bell also made the trip to Columbus on Saturday, though in an unofficial capacity.

    “It went pretty good,” Bell told Eleven Warriors. “I just was shown some of the facility and I got to talk to coach Meyer and coach [Zach] Smith. I talked to [wide receiver and Indiana native] Austin Mack, too.”

    The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Bell has been to campus numerous times in the last year and a half, and recently included the Buckeyes in his Top 5 alongside Indiana, Iowa, Penn State and Purdue. He’s not particularly close to making a decision, so this visit offered the chance to spend some valuable time with the coaching staff.

    “Coach Meyer just said if I have an opportunity to be great, why not come to Ohio State? He also said that I am predicted to start as a freshman if I attend there,” Bell said. “Coach Smith just told me how I would be used in the offense.”

    With so many wide receivers on Ohio State’s board — and room for three more to complement five-star commit Garrett Wilson — Bell often seems overshadowed. That, plus the opportunity to play basketball at the next level in West Lafayette, has made the Boilermakers a trendy pick in his recruitment. But the staff reiterated this weekend that he’s one of their top-tier targets, which should put them back in the driver’s seat.

    “It means a lot,” Bell said. “Just growing up always watching them on TV, it’s just an amazing feeling.”

    Bell plans to return to campus for an official visit in the fall, but has no decision date in mind. He just knows he’d like to sign with the school of his choice in December.
     
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    "That's good for him. The situation as a whole is a sad one, but I'm glad he is still the head coach." - 2019 Ohio State recruiting target
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    David Bell planning official visit to Ohio State
    While Ohio State is anxiously waiting word on the college decision of St. Louis standout Jameson Williams, the coaching staff is still kicking the tires on a handful of other wideouts, including Indianapolis native David Bell.

    Bell, the country’s 22nd-ranked wide receiver, has had a remarkable season to this point for Warren Central High School, already catching eight touchdown passes in four games. Over the summer, he released a top-5 schools list that included Ohio State, Penn State, Iowa, Purdue and Indiana and then made a summer visit to Columbus to see the Buckeyes.

    Since then, though, a lot has changed for the Buckeyes — including the man that would be his position coach. Brian Hartline has worked to maintain contact with Bell and the two talked earlier this week according to the 6-foot-2, 185-pound two-sport star.

    “We were just talking about a date for my official visit, we talk often” Bell told Lettermen Row. “We have not come up with the right date yet.”

    That’s interesting news for Ohio State, who many people believe is not really a contender to land Bell. Penn State, where he’ll take an official visit to on Sept. 29 when the Nittany Lions host the Buckeyes, has emerged as a potential favorite, along with Purdue, where he’ll make an official visit on Nov. 3. That leaves plenty of other days for officials to his other favorites, and he hopes to see Ohio State when they host Michigan in late November, if he can.

    “I want to take my official visit on Nov. 24,” he said. “But I think our state title game is that day.”

    Either way, the Buckeyes aren’t out of this race yet, even if they’re trailing.
     

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