August 25, 2010

Bell sets announcement date

JACKSON, Miss. -Justin Bell stood idly by as his Jackson (Callaway), Miss., teammate and co-offensive line anchor Aaron Morris publicly announced his commitment to Ole Miss on Jackson's WAPT Channel 16 news station during a recent broadcast.

There was a time when Bell was considered more of an Ole Miss lean than Morris, but Morris' commitment preceded any sort of action from Bell. However, the 6-foot-3, 320-pound guard plans to put his recruitment to rest in the coming days.

"The number one (offensive line) recruit is out of the way, I guess number two is up now," Bell said. "I plan on making my commitment next week or possibly this weekend."

The only thing left to consider is Bell's school of choice. It's between Mississippi State and Ole Miss, and he's ready to announce his destination so he can focus on academics and his senior season.

"I already know where I'm going," Bell said Tuesday afternoon. "I'll save the suspense."

Between several trips to Ole Miss over the summer, Bell visited several regional rivals at Alabama, Mississippi State, and Memphis.

"I've been a few places and I've seen a few things, so it was great while it lasted," added Bell.

Callaway offensive line coach Otis Riddley has had the luxury of two Division I prospects, and he understands why Bell is wanted by Southeastern Conference schools.

"Justin is a smart kid and works as hard as anyone you'll find," Riddley said. "He'll do what you ask, and he's talented. That combination will make him successful. I'm excited for him."

As Morris spoke to anchor Christian Stenkel, Bell considered a televised announcement of his own and gave his thoughts on his friend and teammate's performance in the spotlight.

"He did pretty good. He was maybe a little nervous at first, but it comes with the territory. You got to get comfortable up there," Bell said. "I'm comfortable in front of the camera, so of course it's something I would want to do. You only get one shot, so go all-out."

Rivals.com rates Bell the No. 36 guard nationally.

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