Bell talks LSU offer and more

Two seasons ago, Blake Bell was a sophomore receiver for Bishop Carroll just looking for playing time. Today, the junior is one of the nation's most sought after signal callers.

At six-foot-six, 215-pounds, Blake Bell's dual threat abilities from the quarterback spot turned heads across the country last season.

After sitting behind a pair of senior quarterbacks his sophomore year, Bell made the switch to wideout where he grabbed 60 catches for just over 500 yards, good for second best on the team.

Moving to the quarterback spot last season, Bell passed for over 3,200 yards and 37 touchdowns in his debut act. That performance earned Bishop Carroll a 9-2 record, while Bell catapulted himself into the initial top-100 rankings.

"My recruitment is going crazy because of last season," Bell said. "I am meeting with my parents and my coaches today and we are going to get something planned out so that we can start seeing some more schools."

With plans of trimming his list down in the near future, where do the Tigers stand with their chances of moving forward?

"Oh for sure, LSU will still be there," Bell said. "I got my offer a few weeks ago, and it was a really big one for me. It is not like I have been a big time LSU fan, but the tradition and recent National Championship is pretty appealing."

While he admits he did not grow up bleeding purple and gold, Bell is no stranger to what LSU has to offer.

"I have been able to see LSU on television a lot. I guess with how often they come on I can say that I have seen more than half their games last season," he said. "Then, coach Miles is always on television when they aren't playing, and I have heard great things about him. So I know a good bit just from being able to follow them on ESPN and stuff."

Recently, however, Bell's talents have taken him closer to the program than most will ever experience.

"I have actually talked to coach Miles about four times since I got my offer," he said. "He and Coach Crowton keep telling me that they really like my film and that at LSU they want quarterbacks who can run and throw, so I would fit in nicely. They want me to get on campus as soon as I can, so I am definitely going to check it out."

Bell said that Crowton's offensive spread philosophy is one that grabbed his attention from the start.

"I am in a shotgun style offense now, and I feel really comfortable there," he said. "I definitely want to get to a school that has the right coaches for that."

Of course, with over 15 offers to his credit, Bell has dozens upon dozens of coordinators just like Crowton pushing to be the right coach.

"In state, I have Kansas and Kansas State recruiting me pretty hard," Bell said. "Kansas might be hitting me a bit harder right now. I picked up some offers from Notre Dame, Georgia and Oklahoma as well, so I am hoping to check out more with them. As soon as I can lay it all out with my parents then we will pick some spring games and camps so I can get the chance to learn more about each school."

Heading forward, with visits already planned for Athens, South Bend and Norman, where else does Bell plan to travel?

"As of now I am also looking at the spring game at Texas A&M and Missouri," Bell said. "I want to get down to LSU for camp, and then there are the three visits to Georgia, Notre Dame and Oklahoma. I really am trying to take it all in so that I can make a decision as soon as I feel ready."

While he thought about committing early to focus on his senior season, Bell now is taking a wait and see approach as he straps in for the upcoming few months of traveling.

"I had been thinking about just getting it out of the way, because you see people either committing real early or waiting it out," he said. "I am just going to look at all the schools that offered and then make my decision. If I find that school before the visits are all over, then the decision will happen. I am just going to let my decision follow where I am most comfortable."

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