Coaches Big in Bell Experience

Going to Norman to check on the school he gave his commitment to have been something that Blake Bell has been accustomed to. So when the Bishop Carroll quarterback made his way to Oklahoma for his official visit this past weekend, was anything different?

"It was a lot fun. I have to say that is a much greater experience than a regular visit," Blake Bell said.

And though the 6-foot-6, 220-pound Bell saw many things that he has not experienced in prior visits, one thing remained the same.

"This was a good time to get a better relationship with the coaches. I am glad I got to spend lots of time with them," Bell said. "You know, I'm really starting to get to know all of them. I like the Oklahoma coaches a lot. Plus, it was good getting to be with the players and the other commits as well."

This was a big weekend in Norman as the Bedlam match up against Oklahoma State took place. But on top of that, Oklahoma had more than a dozen visitors in town on official visits.

Bell took time to get to know a lot of them and spoke about how each of them interacted with each other.

"I can't think of everyone who was there, but I remember talking with Rashod Favors, Aaron Colvin and Chuka Ndule," Bell said. "There were also a couple big-time recruits there as well, like the linebacker from Orlando (Christian Jones). All of the guys were great and all of the commits had a good time together. I like the class we have put together because all of the guys are good guys. I feel like we all bonded well."

And while the bonding took place amongst recruits, Bell was also spending plenty of time with quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel.

"You know I came in on Friday and spent a good portion of the day with coach Heupel. The relationship we have is always building," Bell said. "The one thing that he is always telling me is that he looks for me to come in and battle for playing time. Other than that, there is not much said as far as that. If you are ready, you will get on the field. If not, you have to wait until you are ready."

But Bell understands there is a lot that goes into making the field for the Sooners.

"It's so much more involved than just being physically ready," Bell said. "You know as much as I would like to say that I am ready, I know I need to come in there and learn the Oklahoma offense and get mentally prepared for this level of play. That is much tougher than people think."

While in town, Bedlam mania was in the air and Bell, along with other visitors, took in all of the action. Oklahoma made a big statement with a 27-0 win over its in-state rivals.

Plus, he touched on the quarterback play in the game as well.

"That win was big for the program. After dropping a few close games this past year, it's good to beat a good Oklahoma State team," Bell said. "I think that Landry Jones played a good game. There were a few things that did not go well early, but he finished strong. Overall, it was great. Hopefully, we can get us a good bowl win in couple weeks."

Bell's season has finished up after a semifinals loss to Hutch. For the season, Bell threw for over 2,800 yards and 32 passing touchdowns to five interceptions, with a 70 percent completion rating. He added another 22 touchdowns rushing.

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