Virginia Tech landed one of the top running back prospects in the country last week, when Jack Britt High School (Fayetteville, NC) tailback George Bell committed to the Hokies.
Bell, who is 5-11 and weighs 225 pounds, rushed for 600 yards and seven touchdowns in three full games as a junior. He suffered an unfortunate knee injury in the fourth game, which sidelined him up until last Friday night’s game versus Scotland High School. Bell rushed for 19 yards on six carries in his season debut.
Even with his 2003 season in doubt, recruiting services have Bell ranked as one of the top backs in the country because of his pure physical talent. He is rated as the number nine running back in the country by Rivals.com and the number seven running back in the country by TheInsiders.com. Both services list him as a four-star recruit.
Q & A with George Bell
TSL: Congratulations on making it back to the field. How was your first time back?
Bell: “I actually felt I could have done a lot more. Going into the game, I told my coach [Richard Bailey] that I only wanted a little bit of carries. Once I got into the game, I wanted to get more and more. It felt good, I was getting excited, and it was getting loud.”
TSL: How was your first carry?
Bell: “It was good. I could have broke my first carry for about sixty yards. When I saw the hole open up my eyes got big and I got too excited, so I only got eleven on the play. I couldn’t believe the hole was there. I was too excited.”
TSL: How did you feel physically?
Bell: “I felt good physically. I’m 100 percent.”
TSL: What’s in store for the next game?
Bell: “Basically, I’m just going to sit back, relax, and do whatever the coach wants me to. If he puts me in, I’ll go. I’ll do whatever.”
TSL: You chose Virginia Tech over NC State and UNC last Wednesday. When did you know Virginia Tech was the place for you?
Bell: “At the television studio. It was during the break before I was going to come on and announce my decision. I knew I had to go ahead and make my choice, and that’s when I decided on Virginia Tech.”
TSL: What was it about Virginia Tech that made you choose them?
Bell: “Everything was equal between them and NC State. I went with the winning tradition. Plus I...
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