February 12, 2009

Did Bell ring in offer?

One of the top quarterbacks in the nation for 2010, Bishop Carroll's Blake Bell, has compiled a Who's Who list of collegiate scholarship offers.

Standing at 6-foot-6, Bell represents a rare blend of size and speed for the position. Yesterday he received two more big offers, and another came today when Georgia coach Mark Richt called with some news.

"Yesterday Clemson and UCLA offered me, and today (Thursday) Georgia did too," Bell said. "The conversation was going well with Coach (Mike) Bobo, and then he handed it over to Coach Richt, and he gave me the news. I think that is my 14th offer," said Bell.

Georgia paid a visit to the Wichita gunslinger a couple of months ago, and have remained in contact since then. Bell had a feeling they were going to offer soon, but it still caught the tall quarterback off guard.

"Bobo had hinted to me a couple of times I was high on their board, and said they were still analyzing other quarterbacks," Bell told UGASports. "The offer was still surprising, and I am really excited about it."

The Bulldogs have developed a reputation for offensive consistency and along with that has come a sustained level of success. Bell says that makes an offer from Georgia mean something.

"They have an offense that thrives under Coach Bobo, they have a tradition, and they have had quarterbacks who have had great success there. They are definitely going to be top of my list," he said.

While the offense in Athens is written in a pro-style playbook, Bishop Carroll Bell runs a more wide-open offense. The dual-threat quarterback has good speed for a player his size, and he feels he can use it to excel in any system.

'Our offense here spreads it out, but I like to throw from the pocket some as well," said Bell. "I can see myself being a pro style offense, especially since I know the NFL looks for that."

Being able to develop as a quarterback is something the junior signal caller has made a priority when he is looking at schools. And being in Athens, he knows he will be given that chance. Bell also knows that being on the Bulldog team means he will be liked while he is there as well.

"I was watching Georgia last year and (Matthew) Stafford did so well. He is going to be a high pick in the draft this year," he said. "I also know the fans there they love their Bulldogs."

While gathering an impressive list of offers, Bell has been asked repeatedly when he thinks he will decide. He does not know a time for his decision, but he knows it could happen at any moment.

"If I feel like I fit in with the program, in the offense, with the coaching staff and I like the facilities, then that will be when I make my decision," the junior said.

Bell had an impressive season last year for the Eagles. Two of his receivers go over 1,000 yards and he had 3,200 passing yards and 37 touchdowns. He also ran for another 400 yards and scored 12 rushing touchdowns. The Sunflower State quarterback hopes to visit Georgia in the near future.

"We are going to sit down with my coach, and I may be visiting Athens for their Elite 11," said the 2010 star.

While he is one of the best players in the entire heartland, Bell admits that early playing time may be hard to come by when you go to an elite school.

"You are going to have three other quarterback's no matter what so although I will look at it, I am going to have to beat someone out regardless," said Bell.



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