LITTLE ROCK - It's just a matter of which sport Rings his Bell the mostl in the end.
Junction City's Jamario Bell (6-6, 235) is one of two 2015 prospects in Arkansas – along with North Little Rock's K.J. Hill – that have decisions in front of them because of their prowess in both football and basketball..
"I am just going to kind of let God guide me in that decision," Bell said Tuesday during a break in the Arkansas Wings AAU Basketball Showcase. "I know I am very blessed and just don't know what path I should take at this point and time. There is still a lot of time to decide on which sport.".
The Razorback football program offered Bell a scholarship on June 5th - his 16th birthday - as a defensive end and he admits that he came close to committing to Arkansas head football coach Bret Bielema while at his camp in early June..
"I was just looking at the facilities and being around the coaches is a great deal," Bell said. "Coach Bielema was talking Arkansas up and I almost committed five or six times. I really did. It's hard to calm, down when you are in that environment and you see what excitement there is.".
The camp was quite the learning experience for Bell, who had 87 tackles, 12 for lost yardage, five sacks and two interceptions last season as a sophomore defensive end while also hauling in 15 passes for 249 yards and five touchdowns as a tight end.
He got to work with both Arkansas defensive line coach Charlie Patridge and tight ends coach Barry Lunney, Jr., at the Razorback Camp.
"It went great," Bell said. "I got to meet Coach Bielema and he is a great guy and got to go around the campus. It was just a great experience."
"I really liked working at defensive end because Coach Partridge taught me a lot of new things with my hands, fundamental things while at tight end Coach Lunney taught me a lot of fundamental things, too."
Bell likes what he is hearing about Arkansas from former Junction City star and current Razorback senior defensive tackle Byran Jones.
"He told me that ever since Coach Bielema got there that they have been working very hard, they are a great coaching staff and it is just a great place to be now," Bell said.
Bell has spent a lot of his time this summer playing with the Arkansas Wings 16-and-under squad, which has had a great deal of success and goes into next week's Peach Jam as a favorite to win a championship.
The team also numbers East Poinsett County sophomore Malik Monk (6-4, 175), Jonesboro junior guard Marquise Pointer, Memphis Melson junior Marlon Hunter and New Orleans area junior Melvin Frazier.
"It is a lot of fun playing with Malik Monk, Melvin and these guys," Bell said. "They have really taught me a lot of things, too. Playing with great players has been a great privilidge.
"I think is great that we are one of the top ranked teams, but I have to give credit to the King James (Shooting Stars) team also," Bell said. "They are a great team, but I think we can beat them."
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