Camps are a great way for some players to get some work in at positions they don't normally play and that was exactly what happened with Texas native Cameron Bell at LSU's camp last week.
Bell (6-1, 210, 4.5) rushed for more than 1,200 yards and three touchdowns last season at Round Rock-Stony Point.
He played his entire senior season
with a tweaked ankle and still managed to earn all-district and honorable
mention all-county honors.
The big bruiser started off working
at running back with the LSU coaches and said he had a good performance at last
"Camp went pretty well," said
enjoyed myself and I think I impressed coaches with the way I played. I wasn't
the highest recruit there, Joe McKnight was pretty much the big deal; he's a
great athlete though."
Coaches started Bell at the running back
position, a position he said he thinks will be one that LSU will have no problem
"They are almost like running back
university," said Bell. "I mean, they've produced guys like
Vincent, Broussard and Addai. Those guys know how to make plays and I just tried
to go out there and try to do the same
After the first day, LSU
linebackers coach Bradley Dale Peveto moved Bell over to linebacker to see if he
could put his athleticism to work on the defensive side of the
"I got some good work in over there
and they said they liked my speed and the way I picked things up pretty
quickly," he said. "I don't know if they would offer me based on that but they
said they would recruit me as an athlete with the possibility of playing
linebacker or running back."
Bell said he was
impressed with what he saw at LSU and that they are one of his top
"One thing I like is that LSU is a
team of great character," said Bell. "That is something you don't see
everywhere else. You can just tell that Les Miles practices effort and shows his
players that he cares.
"The whole program is very family
oriented. The coaches never curse and hardly ever yell at the players. The
players know that there will be consequences for not doing what they are told
and that is no playing time. That's the kind of coaching that wins national
titles and that's what I want to be a part of. He's jut one of the better
coaches in the nation."
So far, Bell has received two offers, from UTEP and New Mexico State. The 6'1", 215-pounder said coaches
didn't talk to him about an offer, but he said they also haven't looked at any
of his game film yet.
"We just talked
about me coming back during the season for an official visit," said Bell. "You can't really
grasp a player if you haven't seen him in game situations. They just saw me
during the camp and not any of my game film, yet."
Bell said he thinks
he would have more offers if his grades were better.
"Right now I have a 2.4 GPA, but
that was because my first two years I really wasn't focused," said Bell. "I'd have seven or
eight offers, easy, if I had a higher GPA."