NC RB Bell Reaching High

Even though Fayetteville, N.C. running back George Bell has been rehabbing from an ACL knee injury since the third game of his junior season, he is amazingly highly rated by the recruiting gurus. As he told us this (Sunday) noon, his recruiting will be coming to a climax -- soon.

Running back George Bell (5-11, 225 lbs., 4.5 in the 40, 365 lb. bench press, 2.5 GPA) from Fayetteville, N.C., Jack Britt is Tom Lemming's #22 prospect, and TheInsiders'com's #53 prospect, even though he has not quite been cleared to play yet this season. He told me:

"We've already played two games so far this season. I'll be cleared to play later in September."

Do you have a fall visit set to Michigan?

"I'lm going to Michigan for the Sept. 6th weekend, for the Houston game. It'll be an official visit."

Who are you favorties now?

"NC-State, Michigan, and Virginia Tech. I'm in the process of setting up an official visit to Virginia Tech. I also have an official visit set to Virginia on Sept. 27th."

Who has offered you a scholarship now?

"The same schools as when we talked before." On Jul. 19th he told me he had offers from , "NC-State, UNC (North Carolina), ECU (East Carolina), Maryland and Virginia Tech."

"I'm hoping Michigan offers me during my visit."

What is your timetable, George?

"I'm trying to make decision by the time I return to action, by the end of September."

Last season Bell rushed for 630 yards and six touchdowns in 11 quarters (57.25 yards per quarter!) before going down with the ACL knee injury. As a sophomore, he rushed for 890 yards and seven touchdowns with a cast on his broken wrist.

In mid-July George's stepfather told me, "The injury happened in the third game last season. It was just a freak accident ... initially we thought he hit a pylon with his knee, but it was just a cut-back thing. Watching it on film it's freaky looking, because there was not a lot of impact or anything. He is rehabbing now and it is going very well. His physician now says the knee and leg are stronger than his other leg ... actually he's a little faster than he was before, so he's below a 4.5 (in the 40). Let me tell you about George. He has always been focused on making it to the 'big show' ... the NFL. He is focused beyond his years. He's always been willing to do whatever it takes to separate himself. He is the most serious kid I've ever seen. He just has a tremendous work ethic ... totally focused, always getting better. But he's not 'an idiot' about it. He's not conceited, he's a low-key, down to earth kid."

When I told him of Lemming's extraordinary #22 ranking of him, George gave me an answer unique to any I've heard. "That's pretty good ... (pause) ... Who's number one? That's what I want to be."

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