By NU Athletic Communications
WR, 6-2, 180, Daytona Beach, Fla. (Mainland HS)
Antonio Bell joins the Huskers after a highly productive prep career at Mainland High School in Daytona Beach, Fla. Bell's signing gives Nebraska at least one signee from Florida in each of the past seven years. The 6-2, 180-pound Bell was an explosive offensive threat for Mainland High and Coach John Maronto. A starter since his freshman season, Bell caught 45 passes for 776 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior. That performance earned him first-team all-area honors and second-team class 5A all-state accolades from the Florida Sportswriters Association. Bell earned first-team all-area honors for the Buccaneers as a junior when he caught 42 passes, covering 625 yards and four touchdowns. Bell accounted for 500 receiving yards as a sophomore in 2005, earning him a second-team all-area selection. Bell also competes in the high jump and triple jump for the Mainland track team. He is ranked among the top 60 players in the Sunshine State by SuperPrep Magazine. Bell comes from the same high school that produced current Husker offensive lineman Cruz Barrett. Bell chose Nebraska over offers from West Virginia, South Carolina and Tennessee. Antonio is the son of Tony and Cynthia Bell, and was born on Feb. 21, 1990.