Profile: Abdul Bello
Location: Monteverde (Fla.) Monteverde Academy
No. 9 OT, No. 113 overall in Scout 300
Recruiting: Bello committed to Florida State over Florida. He also had scholarship offers from a few dozen other teams like Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee, USC and Maryland.What to like: There is so much to like about this 300-pound offensive tackle. It’s amazing to think that Bello has only played 28 quarters of football. That includes six games last season and a spring game in May. He is a blank canvas.
Bello has great size and great length. Bello gets off the ball very well. He's athletic, moves his feet and showcases very good lateral movement and agility. He can really bend and shows outstanding flexibility. Bello also has great hands and a powerful punch at the point of attack. There were times during his spring game I was at when he looked like he just stunned defenders with his giant paws.
What may be of concern: Right now this is a high risk high reward player. Bello likely won’t be ready to play in Tallahassee for perhaps two seasons. He at least needs to red-shirt.
And I say all of this knowing that Bello has no idea what he's doing out there. I saw him at the Orlando Nike Football Training Camp earlier this spring. He did well leading up to the one on one session and then got beat by more experienced players. This by no means should be construed as an indictment toward Bello and his play. What folks need to remember and realize is that this kid is a blank slate. He has no bad habits because he hasn't had enough time to develop any habit(s) yet. He's still learning the game. During one day of spring practice he showed up on the field with his shoulder pads on backwards.
Overall analysis: This is one of the most intriguing prospects I have ever seen in 23 years of evaluating talent. This kid is enormous. This kid has super athletic ability. He’s long and has great feet. Bello is smart and seems to be picking up the game pretty quickly. He’s naturally strong but will need to hit the weight room hard.
Something else to keep in mind is that Bello is only 16-years old. He turns 17 in October. Florida State will get a young one here and with their current offensive line situation they will have plenty of time to develop him. Unless there is a run of injuries and or attrition, Bello should have time to mature as a player and learn how to play the position.
We have seen Florida State and [offensive line coach] Rick Trickett do it before. Menelik Watson was new to the game, signed with FSU after JUCO ball and played one season in Tallahassee. Then he was drafted in 2013 at the top of the second round by the Oakland Raiders.
Bello is a perfect example of what recruiting is all about. He is not one of the top offensive tackles right now. But down the line, look out. Bello’s upside is as good as anyone at any position in this 2015 class. He’s going into a great situation with Seminoles and could and should be a great story at FSU. Personally, I am very excited to see how this story, or at least this chapter, unfolds with Bello at the next level. I think he has a chance to be something special down the line.