Future Sooner Leader Speaks to SI

Recruiting updates at SoonersIllustrated are steadily coming as we look to bring fans the latest in Oklahoma recruiting news. Today, we feature Bishop Carroll Catholic quarterback Blake Bell speaks. Check it out in the latest in this SI update.

Times have been busy for Bishop Carroll Catholic (KS) quarterback Blake Bell. With an undefeated season taking place, playoff preparation, extensive class work and keeping up with his future program at Oklahoma, Bell has not had much time to settle down.

"Things have been crazy busy for me. We are heading into the playoffs, rolling through our district schedule and just really just continuing to work hard and get better," Bell said. "There are two more games and then we begin playoffs. We are really looking forward to doing well."

And while the team excels, the 6-foot-6, 220-pound Bell is coming into his own at the quarterback position. During the off-season, Bell was focused heavy on just becoming comfortable in the quarterback role for a mechanic standpoint.

But through this season, he has learned things much more valuable than working on throwing and routes.

"A lot of what I am learning as a quarterback this year has been the mental side of things. You know leading the guys, knowing what needs to be done, taking over the offense," Bell said. "When a play needs to be made, I lead the guys and do what needs to be done for the team to be successful. That is one of the mains things I have picked up this year."

Now that a big part of being a quarterback is being addressed, the mechanics and the footwork will be addressed solely when the season concludes. But at the rate the Bishop Carroll team is going, that could be a while. 

Last game Bell was 19-of-27 for 255 yards and six touchdown passes. It was a dominating team performance and for that reason, Bell said that the offense was given the short side of the field for most of the night.

If early graduation was an option for Bell, he feels like that would be something he may have pursued. But, there are other plans he will look into so that he can be ready for the time he suits up in Norman.

"At Bishop Carroll, we cannot graduate early with the way our schedules and curriculums are. Hopefully during the spring I will be able to get with coach (Josh) Heupel and get a playbook to start getting to know the plays," Bell said. "

As of press time, Bell has yet to set confirm a date for his official visit. But what Bell would like to have happen, is to coordinate times when some other prospects will be in town.

"I'm still trying to figure out when I will take my visit. I want to see when some of the wide receiver prospects will be on their visits," Bell said. "It would be nice to get a player like Darius White and even Kyle Prater. I know that he (Prater) is committed to USC, but he wants to check out a few more schools and Oklahoma is one of them."

For this season, Bell has only made the Idaho State game, and for his visit, it may be Kansas State or the Bedlam versus Oklahoma State

He admits that the game mentioned has been the only one he has been able to attend. But he has kept close tabs on the team.

"I know it's been tough because there have been a lot of injuries. When I was watching the Texas game, I was hoping nobody else would go down," Bell said. " I feel bad for Sam Bradford, but you know everything happens for a reason. I know that Landry Jones has steeped in a done a good job and the defense is just outstanding. 

"The defense is good and the offense is young. It's been sort of rough early on, but I think we finish strong for the last part of the season."

Interestingly enough, with Bradford on the sideline and Jones on the field, that has given some false hope to other programs that were in pursuit of Bell during his recruitment.

But Bell squashes that on immediately.

"There are a few colleges that come at me asking if I want to rethink my choice with Oklahoma now that Landry (Jones) is the quarterback," Bell said. "But I tell all of them that I am solid in my decision and whatever happens, happens. Oklahoma is a good fit for me and I love the coaching staff. 

"I'm excited to be a Sooner."

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