"I did great at the Tech camp," said Bell (5-foot-11, 195), who plays linebacker for OPHS but will move to safety in college. "I feel like I did great in the DB drills and I got the hang of things quickly that day.
I got offers from Tech and ULM after their camps. ULM offered first. They called coach (John) Carr and then he called me and said that he had some really good news. It happened pretty much the same way with Tech. I heard that the coaches at the camps liked the way I was moving around out there."
As a junior, Bell had 89 tackles to go along with nine sacks and two fumble recoveries that were both returned for TDs. He's hearing from several schools, but says that Tech and ULM are in front.
"Both schools - Tech and ULM - are recruiting me pretty heavy," he said. I haven't decided yet on a school, but they're the two leaders. I know a few players at ULM that are on the team and a few that are being recruited. Cameron Blakes, who played with me at Ouachita, is at ULM and they have a commitment from (OPHS WR) Justin Ginyard.
"That's not an advantage for ULM though. I'm going to go to school wherever I can get a chance to play early - whichever school fits me better."
In the meantime, Bell is prepping for the season opener against Neville. He's also looking forward to the district showdown with West Monroe later in the season.
"Not many teams get the privilege to face two defending state champion teams," said Bell in regard to the Neville and West Monroe matchups. "We're focused on Neville right now and we hope to compete and prove people wrong."
Bell says that both Tech and ULM are recruiting him as a safety and that he could end up at either free safety or strong safety on the next level.
"It really doesn't matter to me," Bell said when asked which safety position he prefers. "I just want to play."