Jack Britt (Fayetteville, NC) head coach Richard Bailey aptly describes star running back George Bell as a “genetic freak.” Bell is a chiseled 5-11, 225 pounds. When completely healthy, he can run a 4.4-4.5 in the 40 yard dash. He can bench press 365 pounds.
His physical attributes, combined with an outstanding natural ability to play running back, made Bell one of the top junior prospects in North Carolina last season. In the 4th game of his junior season, he suffered a devastating knee injury, which stole some of the glow from Bell’s bright future.
Bell has been resilient and determined since his injury. He is looking forward to getting back to 100%, which is where he wants to be before he sets foot out on the playing field again.
“Coach Bailey and I have spoken a lot about me coming back and playing,” said Bell, who says his knee is about 80-85% and improving. “I want to come back and play this year, but if I’m not 100%, I don’t want to risk my future. My future is more important than one season.”
Most schools would like to see Bell play his senior season before extending a scholarship offer. NC State, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Maryland, East Carolina, and LSU have already offered Bell a scholarship in faith that he will return to his previous form. Others, such as UCLA and Virginia, are taking a wait-and-see approach.
“I just came back from UCLA,” said Bell. “They wanted me to come out there and show them what I can do. I did that, and I did very well. They said they are going to offer, but they need to see medical reviews from my doctor on how my knee is doing. Once they see that, they will offer.
“Virginia wanted to see me in person as well, but I wasn’t able to make it to their camp. I will send them a video tape showing them what I can do.”
UCLA is intriguing to Bell because he used to live out on the West coast. His father still resides in California.
“My father is on the West coast,” said Bell. “I used to live there. Los Angeles is Los Angeles. It’s great, but at the same time I love the South. I have lived in the South for a long time to. One day I want to leave but others I want to stay. It’s going to make for a tough decision.”
The three schools that currently top Bell’s list are NC State, Virginia Tech, and UCLA. The Wolfpack were one of the first team’s to offer, while the Hokies offered during the Spring.
“NC State, Virginia Tech, and UCLA are my top three,” said Bell. “NC State is...
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