"Mississippi State was the first school to offer me," Jalen Bell said. "After that I got offers from Jackson State and then Arkansas State, but Mississippi State was first."
The Bulldogs are a program that Bell is very familiar with. Growing up about an hour from the Mississippi State campus, the 6-5, 320 pounder has spent a lot of time in Starkville.
"I am over there pretty much every weekend during the season," Bell explained. "I do my best to make it over there for every home game. I have been to a lot of games over there and I am supposed to be going back over there next week to watch them practice."
While Bell is not ready to name a favorite, the talented offensive tackle prospect has begun to build a strong relationship with prospective position coach John Hevesy.
"I love him," Bell says of the veteran coach. "I like how he coaches and I like that he is the kind of coach who can get a lot of me. I believe he is the kind of coach that can make you great if you're willing to work for it. He puts a lot of players on the next level. He's always checking on me too."
Mississippi State is not the only SEC program that has made shown some interest in the rising senior standout. While the Bulldogs are the first from the league to offer, they may not be the last.
"I have heard from a lot of schools in the SEC," Bell shared. "Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Tennessee, Ole Miss and LSU have all shown some interest in me. I know I want to camp at Alabama and probably Tennessee and Florida if I can get out there."
Bell reports that he is in no rush to make a decision and at this point is open to all suitors. As the spring evaluation period begins in the coming weeks, Bell is a name that should be on the rise.
With three offers in hand, Bell is trying to keep a level head about things. With hopes of avoiding an emotional decision, the Amory native is going to take his time with the selection process.
"I am looking for a place where I can get a get a good education," Bell said. "I am going to be looking at the depth charts and looking for a place that I can call home. I want to be around good people who make me feel like family."