Bell Pledges to Sun Devils During Visit

Chula Vista (Calif.) Southwestern junior college wide receiver George Bell has been familiar with the Arizona State program for a while. His comfort level with the Sun Devil program increased even more during his recruitment with the maroon and gold. His unofficial visit to Tempe yesterday cemented those feelings and led to his verbal commitment. Devils Digest spoke to him about his decision.

"I've always been interested in Arizona State and followed them for a long time," said the 6-3 195 George Bell. "Israel Stanley who played there in 91 is my godbrother and he told me about the program. I know it will be nice fit for me because Arizona State throws the ball a lot.

"Even before the visit I had a strong feeling that I was going to commit there. I have a great relationship with coach Erickson who recruited me and coach Yarber. When I talk to them I don't feel like I'm talking to coaches. I feel like I'm talking to people that I've known for a long time. My mom (who accompanied Bell on the visit) told me that this was the best place for me. I just didn't know I was going to commit this early (in the year)."

Another aspect that worked in ASU's favor concerning Bell was the commitment of quarterback Peter Thomas last week. "I know Pete very well and we work out a lot together," Bell remarked. "It's very important for a quarterback and a wide receiver to have a strong connection, and he's a solid quarterback who knows how I play."

Like many other recruits visiting the Sun Devils, Bell, a four-star prospect, was deeply impressed by the academic aspect of the school. "The academics are what really got me going on the visit," Bell acknowledged. "Arizona State shows you that they care for you not only as a football player, but also as a student and want you to do well in school and get your degree."

Bell is scheduled to graduate in December and will be a mid-year transfer with three years to play two.

As a freshman at Southwestern, Bell collected 80 receptions for 1,263 yards and 12 touchdowns. He helped the Jaguars to a 7-4 record and a second place finish in the Mountain Conference.

"I'm a physical player that can also be a deep threat," said Bell who runs a 4.42. "I'm not afraid to get hit because that's the type of sport I play. I do a good job blocking too. I can fool people because they think I can only run down fast the field. but I'm very good running a short route, a slant, and then turning it up the field.

"I need to work on breaking on my route and being more explosive off the line."

Nebraska, Colorado, Kentucky, and Utah among others have already offered Bell. Pac-10 schools such as Arizona, Cal and Washington were showing strong interest as well.

Bell is ASU's sixth known verbal of the 2010 class and the first junior college commitment of that group.

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