Posted: 1:55 pm Monday, August 3rd, 2009
By Jason Lieser
West Virginia already has commitments from two of the area’s top 23 recruits and the Mountaineers have a good chance of landing at least two more.
Glades Central defensive back Travis Bell, one of the most dynamic defensive players in South Florida, has offers from Florida, Miami and other top programs, but West Virginia is the clear leader.
The Mountaineers are also in line to land running back Antwon Chisholm, who could be converted into a defensive back as well.
“The only school that I like right now is West Virginia,” Bell said. “I like their program and how they run their defense.
“I’m not used to sitting on the bench and everybody else’s roster is loaded.”
Bell (6-2, 186, 4.5 in the 40-yard dash) is Glades Central’s highest ranked recruit at No. 11 on The Big Board. Last year he played safety, cornerback and linebacker for the Raiders. He said West Virginia is recruiting him as a safety, which is his preferred position.
“He’s our best defensive guy so you’ve got to try to move him all over the field,” Glades Central coach Jessie Hester said. “You probably can’t hide him because people are always going to try to see where he’s at. We’re going to blitz him a lot.”
Bell said he is not ready to commit to West Virginia, but “probably soon” will do so. Bell said an announcement could come early this fall.
Chisholm (5-8, 165, No. 27 on The Big Board) has offers from Oklahoma State, Tennessee, West Virginia, Ole Miss, Rutgers, Southern Miss, Mississippi State, and Florida International.
Who is his favorite?
“At this point, West Virginia,” Chisholm said. “We’re fast and they feel our type of game. They’ve gotten a lot of good players from this area.”
The Mountaineers already have commitments from Pahokee wide receiver Fred Pickett and Dwyer defensive back Robert Clark. Clark, who is from Belle Glade originally, and Chisholm spoke last week about the possibility of playing together.
Chisholm will be Glades Central’s starting running back this year, but he has the skills to play cornerback as well and is willing to switch positions to get playing time early.
Chisholm began attracting attention from major programs last season, but his recruiting process slowed in April when he was arrested for an incident at the Mall at Wellington Green. Hester suspended Chisholm from the Raiders’ spring game but said he has been a solid citizen ever since and has served his punishment.
“He’s doing everything that we asked of him,” Hester said. “He’s paid the price. He knows it was an embarrassment to himself, his family, the community and the team. He’s out for redemption.
“He’s been upfront with (recruiters). He’s not hiding anything.”
When the incident occurred, Hester said it seemed out of character for Chisholm.
Chisholm said many schools asked about the incident but most of them said they would continue recruiting him.
“Things slowed down a little, but I wasn’t worried too much,” he said. “They’ve asked me about it but I tell them what happens. I’m not a type of player like that. Everything’s fine now.”