On January 20th Cameron Bell visited Ames, Iowa.
The young man from the town of Round Rock (TX) never would've dreamed of coming to Iowa until Gene Chizik was named Iowa State's new football coach in early December. Bell had already committed to New Mexico State but was still being courted by numerous schools, including the Texas Longhorns.
That stopped when Chizik arrived on the ISU campus.
"You people do not understand yet what a magnetic person Coach Chizik is," Bell said.
Bell toured the campus with his older brother, who is his legal guardian.
"It was the most beautiful campus I had visited and I met and talked with the full coaching staff, including Coach Chizik," Bell said. "Coach Chizik had been recruiting me since I was a sophomore."
Bell attends Stony Point High School, a school that's been in existence for less than a decade, but that didn't stop Chizik from discovering the talented running back.
The ongoing pursuit of his talents led Bell to feel a sense of loyalty
to Coach Chizik and when the call was made Cameron jumped at the chance to
follow him to ISU.
Bell claims he runs a 4.5/40-yard dash, benches 285 pounds, squats 435 pounds, and possesses a 33-inch vertical leap.
"I was promised two things by the coaching staff," said Bell, who also had offers from Michigan State and New Mexico. "I was promised the opportunity to compete at running back and if that didn't work out I would get the opportunity to be a player somewhere on the football field."
In talking to Bell it's obvious he is very excited to be a Cyclone and can't wait to arrive at ISU.
He closed our conversation by proclaiming, "People are going to remember the
name Cameron Bell."