Gators add one more official visitor

Published: Friday, January 28, 2011 at 8:29 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 28, 2011 at 8:29 p.m.

It appears Florida is considering a new option at defensive tackle.

Lakeland Tenoroc defensive tackle Terry Bell traveled to Gainesville for an official visit Friday, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Bell, whom rates as a three-star prospect, claims around 20 scholarship offers.

Florida's coaching staff contacted Bell a couple of weeks ago and could be showing more interest because of so much uncertainty surrounding what Lake City Columbia defensive tackle Tim Jernigan will do. Jernigan is currently down to Florida State, LSU, Tennessee and Florida, but most think FSU has the edge.

CHS coach Craig Howard said earlier this weekend that he expected Jernigan to unofficially visit Florida before next week, but as of Friday he hadn't.

Florida currently doesn't have any defensive tackle commits and is hosting Perkinston, Miss., Gulf Coast C.C. tackle John Jenkins as well this weekend. Georgia appears to be the favorite to land Jenkins, but he said earlier this week that he remains open and is also considering Auburn and Miami.

At 6-foot-5, 270 pounds, Bell has an impressive frame and would add to a position of need in Florida's 2011 recruiting class.

Bell has unofficially visited Florida in the past and officially visited Auburn in October. FSU has also been listed as one of Bell's favorites.

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