Ringing The Two-Sport Bell

Arkansas 2015 football recruit Jamario Bell (6-6, 230) helped lead his team to the Class 2A state football title and also the final four of the state basketball playoffs while shattering a backboard along the way.

If Arkansas football commit Jamario Bell goes after the quarterbacks the way he went after a basketball goal late in the season, it would be best for the signal callers to get down.

Bell took an alley-oop pass in the third quarter and slammed it home while shattering a backboard in his team's game with Norphlet on Feb. 16 – a game that ended with the Dragons ahead 55-25 since there was no extra goal.

"It really shocked me because nothing had ever happen to me like that before," Bell said. "I have buckled rims before but not that. I just went up for the alley oop, caught it and threw it down and the next thing I know there is glass all over me and it cut up my arms."

That dunk came during Junction City's unbeaten basketball regular season – something that he experienced during football as well.

In fact, the Dragons (13-0) won its second straight Class 2A state football title and its fifth in 11 years with a decisive 60-0 win over Des Arc.

While Bell didn't get to play in that game because of a skirmish he got into the game before against Carlise, he certainly was a force this season with 90 tackles and six sacks during the campaign.

"I think I had a really good year and we certainly did as a team," Bell said. "I got bigger and stronger and I think really developed into a better player."

Bell committed to Arkansas last summer and has remained steadfast with that decision despite interest from Alabama, Auburn, Louisville and other.

"I am really happy with my decision and while some of the coaches have changed, I really like the ones they brought in," Bell said. "(Arkansas defensive line) Coach (Rory) Segrest came by to see me and I think he was a really good hire. I am happy to be a Razorback."

Bell is one of the many talented athletes in-state in the 2015 class – one that has seen Arkansas offer eight athletes and already land pledges from four.

The four that have not come on board yet are North Little Rock wideout K.J. Hill, Pine Bluff tight end Will Gragg , Highland wide reciever Deon Stewart and Fayetteville tight end C.J. O'Grady.

"I have been working on K.J. Hill and Will Gragg," Bell said. "I don't know what they are going to end up doing, but we're letting them know how much we want them to come and get Arkansas back on top with us."

Bell avearaged around 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Dragons (26-2) in basketball this season, with the only losses being to Blevins in regional play and to Clarendon in the Class 2A semifinals.

The busy Bell will start track next week and also be playing AAU basketball again this spring and summer with the Arkansas Wings, which also includes Bentonville sophomore Malik Monk.

"To tell you the truth I am a little tired," Bell said. "I just go from one sport to another. I enjoy it most of the time, but it gets a little tiring at times. But I'll get it back going."





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