Michigan Offense Appeals to VA Wideout

<p>Virginia wide receiver <strong>Chris Bell </strong>is high on the Michigan at this point in time, but will the Wolverines be able to stay atop that perch when some of the other big name schools come calling? Scout.com's <b>Allen Wallace</b> gets the word.</p>

Norfolk (Va.) wide receiver Chris Bell (6-3, 205, 4.45) says Michigan leads slightly over Virginia, Maryland, USC and Miami. The Trojans and 'Canes have not offered.

"I like Michigan right now but they've only got a slight lead over the other schools in my top five," says Bell, from Granby High School. "But if USC or Miami had offered me, I would've had either one of them or both as my leaders. I don't know when I'm going to be ready to commit. But if I were to get an offer from either USC or Miami…then I'd probably commit early to either one of them.

"I say that because I could see myself going to either USC or Miami because anybody that comes out of their football programs usually can make it to the next level with a great education.

"I've sent my film out to both schools, and, from what I understand, they're going to evaluate it at get back to me. I've spoken with some of the coaches at Miami, but I haven't spoken with anyone from USC yet.

"But with Michigan--I like how stacked their pass offense is. They've got some great coaches, but I can't remember any of their names to tell you the truth. I like the academic program they offer too. They have a high percentage of graduates in the business management and mass communications majors.

"I've spoken with coach (Al) Groh and with some of the other coaches at Virginia," says Bell. "I actually speak with the coaches there a lot. I like their offense right now because they run a lot of post out formations with their wide receivers. And they've got some great and agile QBs. I know they'd be able to get me the ball if I were to go there.

"Linebacker coach (Al) Seamonson (linebackers) came to our school back during the football season because he had recruits he wanted to see, but I got a chance to speak with him and he seemed like a real nice guy. I've got a lot of information on the business major there, but I don't really know too much else about the program.

"Penn State was the first school to offer me during my freshman year of high school. That made a lot of a difference to me back then, and a lot of people around me were saying that they don't usually do that for freshmen. But now it doesn't really make that much of a difference. Now I've got to make the best decision I can for myself. I want to go to camp at Penn State this summer."

Brown is a busy big-time track star, so he hasn't had the time to get out there for JR Days, and he doesn't plan to. Right now he's ranked third in the country at the 110m outdoor hurdles, and the indoor/outdoor long jump.

Bell says Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Florida and Nebraska have also offered.

"I've got great speed for my size and weight at wide receiver, and I've got real good hands," says Bell. "I'm also good at fighting for more yards after the catch.

"My dad even tells me this, but I want to work on blocking more when I don't get the ball on a play."

Final JR (7-3) stats: 635 yds rec/24 TDs; Bench: 305/Squat: 438

Brown is a busy big-time track star, so he hasn't had the time to get out there for JR Days, and he doesn't plan to. He says he's ranked third in the country at the 110m outdoor hurdles, and the indoor/outdoor long jump.

3.2 GPA/May first-time SAT


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