Bell: "The Decision will be Up to Me"

As the Fayetteville (NC) Jack Britt High School football season draws near, questions still linger concerning the health of Running Back George Bell.

"Everything's going good with my knee, and I'm able to cut on it now," Bell told StateFans. "I was just checked out and the doctors said my knee's about 80%."

Jack Britt begins the football season this Friday against Cape Fear High School, and although George is definitely out for that game, the possibility exists that he may not play at all this year.

"I'm sure that I'll be able to play and my doctor said I could be ready to play by the second game. But, I still might not play and the decision will be up to me."

"I don't think I'll get hurt again, but if I don't play then I'm sure of it. That way I can enroll in college early and be healthy to play right away."

With his final high school season in doubt, Bell has began to narrow down his college choices, set up visits, and gear up for a September/October announcement. It all started off this past weekend when he visited the North Carolina Tarheels on Sunday.

"It was cool, but I've been there a lot. I just watched them practice and they had my face on the scoreboard so that was cool. It was a good visit and they are one of my top schools."

With a list of N.C. State, Virginia Tech, Michigan, North Carolina, Maryland, UCLA, LSU, and Virginia, Bell hopes to take his official visits in the next couple of months.

"I'm going to Michigan on September 6th, and I think Virginia September 28th. Both of those are official visits. I'm going to try and take visits to LSU, Virginia Tech, and Maryland too."

George feels no need to use official trips on the in-state schools because he's visited both N.C. State and UNC on several occasions. As far as a leader, it's the same ACC program that's been the consistent favorite for Bell.

"N.C. State's my leader right now, but I'm not ready to decide. I think T.A. [McLendon] will be gone in another year and if he's not then that's just more competition for me. I think he's a good player, but I feel that I can beat him out for the spot if I have to."

"I think [N.C.] State will be in the race for the national championship this year. They didn't lose that much and have some good players that can play now who didn't play for them last year."

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