March 28, 2011

Bedell planning return trip to Rutgers

The Rutgers football program dipped into New York state for two highly-touted 2011 commitments--linebacker Quentin Gause from Bishop Kearney and defensive tackle Al Page from Christopher Columbus. The Scarlet Knights are keeping their eye on several top 2012 prospects from the Empire State, including Long Island product Stacey Bedell, a running back from William Floyd High School.

"I keep in contact with Coach Flood, he is a great guy," said Bedell. "I also have a very good relationship with Coach Hewitt, the running backs coach."

Bedell has had the opportunity to visit the Banks on multiple occasions, and says another visit is in the cards.

"I went down there for Junior Day, which I thought was great. I also took an unofficial visit when I went to the Badger Sports 7-on-7, and I got to play in the bubble at the 7-on-7. I'll also be attending the
Rutgers spring game at the end of April."

When Bedell left the Banks after January's Junior Day, he took with him a positive impression of the RU program.

"Everything was great," said Bedell, who plans to study business in college. "I was impressed by the great academics, the coaching staff, the discipline of the program and the facilities. Rutgers is a school I am considering."

Some of the other schools trying to earn Bedell's consideration include Penn State, UConn, Temple and Stony Brook.

"I visited Stony Brook over the weekend, and I am planning on going to the spring game there and the spring games at UConn and Penn State. Maybe I will go to some spring practices too."

Bedell has a special connection to the Stony Brook program, as his cousin Edwin Gowins, a fellow running back, is a member of the Seawolves' program.

"When I first decided to try out and play football, he was the one who showed me the basics of the game and taught me what I needed to know to be on a team," Bedell said.

At 5-foot-9 and 170 pounds, Bedell does not possess the ideal size of a major collegiate back, but he is working to improve that and feels his lack of size does not impede his ability to play at a high level.

"I'm working out six days a week lifting and speed training three days," Bedell said. "I have put on five pounds and I can do more reps benching and squatting. I feel stronger."

"It's not all about size either, it is about heart. I have great speed, vision and moves. I can even lower my shoulder if I have to."

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