Burbank (Calif.) Burroughs HS running back Chance Bell has had a recent rise in recruiting, but when one school offered he was quick to set his official visit over eight months in advance.
“That’s the only one I’ve set so far, but I mean, it’s Hawaii,” was all Bell needed to explain.
“I have never been to Hawaii,” Bell said. “My parents have been to Hawaii before and they said I will probably fall in love when I get there to be honest. But overall, they also have a great program and coaching staff. I really like the culture they have going there. They really want to get things rolling and I really like that. I’m really excited for it, not only because it is Hawaii, but it is a big deal to go visit a school that has offered me and has genuine interest in me.”
Bell has nine offers so far, which also includes Illinois, Iowa State, New Mexico, Idaho, Eastern Washington, Northern Arizona, Northern Colorado and Southern Utah. This week, Bell is unofficially visiting both Illinois and Iowa State.
Hawaii was the sixth offer to jump into the picture, with Running Game Coordinator Brian Smith being his primary recruiter.
“Coach Smith came out to my spring practice and watched me to see how I perform,” Bell explained. “He actually got to see me break off a long touchdown run. In the next couple days I called him up, we had a great conversation and he offered me on the spot. It was a great feeling, I wasn’t expecting that.”
Bell is intrigued by Hawaii due to its location, but likes what the program is doing as well with Head Coach Nick Rolovich in charge.
“When I had a conversation with the coach, he said all the guys just want to get better,” Bell said. “They had conversations with the team and everybody is on the same page now. They corrected a lot of mistakes in spring ball and now the team is getting a lot closer bond. I know they are doing a lot for the program overall.”
On the field, Bell has impressed with his combination of speed and ability to change direction quickly. As a junior, he rushed for 1,375 yards, 23 touchdowns and was named Player of the Year in his league, as well as first team All-CIF and All-League honors. Hawaii believes he would be a fit in their system at the next level.
“Usually when I talk to the coaches, what they say that they like most about my film is that I look really athletic with my speed, and also my vision,” Bell said. “A lot say they like my cutback ability, how I can make one move and get to the other side of the field quickly. Usually speed and vision.
“Coach Smith has always told me that I’d be a great fit for the way they would utilize me in the backfield. Not only running the ball, but getting me out of the backfield on patterns to really work me to my full ability since I’m also good at catching.”
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