Will Bell Play This Season?

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George Bell is such a good prospect, that he may not even play one down his senior season and still will be one of the most highly recruited running backs in the East.

The Jack Britt HS star is, when healthy, one of the best backs in the country. At 5-11, 225 pounds, Bell is a physical specimen. He can bench press 365 pounds, squat 420 pounds, and can run the 40 in 4.4 seconds. His combination of speed and power had college coaches lining up to offer scholarships.

Things changed in the fourth game of Bell’s junior season, when he suffered a severe knee injury. He has been rehabilitating his knee ever since and recovery is going well. The knee is about 85% healthy at this point.

While he wants to get back on the field for his senior season, Bell will not rush his comeback. He is comfortable sitting out his senior season if necessary.

“I should be ready to play by mid-season,” said Bell. “It’s going to be my choice. I’m working hard to get out there, but at the same time I could sit out this season. [Jack Britt Head] Coach [Richard] Bailey keeps teasing me, saying I’m just scared of getting hit. He’s just teasing though – he doesn’t want me to rush back. I know there are more important things than just one year, which is why I wouldn’t rush back.”

Six schools have extended scholarship offers to Bell, regardless of if he steps out on the field this season or not. He has received official offers from NC State, Virginia Tech, UNC, Maryland, LSU, and East Carolina.

He has five favorites and has set two official visits but admits he is still considering all schools.

“My top five is NC State, Virginia Tech, UCLA, Virginia, and Maryland,” said Bell. “That’s a top five, but really it’s hard to say because I really like all of the schools recruiting me.

“So far, I’ve set official visits to Michigan for the weekend of September 6 and Virginia for the weekend of September 27. I have to reschedule the visit to Virginia because of scheduling conflicts, but I will definitely reschedule with them.”

Of his favorites, NC State is the current clear leader for his services. While the Wolfpack lead, another school is close behind.

“NC State is still my leader,” said Bell. “I like them because they are a team on the rise. Virginia Tech is right behind them though. They said if I signed with them, they