Future Sooner Leader All About Oklahoma

National Signing Day is here and the crew at Sooners Illustrated has you covered. Throughout the day, we will bring you a variety of material about the upcoming Sooner class. Here is a brief interview with Bishop Carroll quarterback Blake Bell.

What started as a routine Q&A, ended up with a commitment?

That is the case with Bishop Carroll alum and future Oklahoma quarterback Blake Bell. Back in early April, Bell want down to Oklahoma for an unofficial visit to "check things out and get a few questions answered."

While on the visit, he toured the campus, talked to coaches, watched the Sooners practice and checked out the facilities. After this eight-hour visit, a thought came into mind.

"We went home after that visit and I sat down and spoke with my family,' Bell said. "I realized that Oklahoma had everything that I wanted in a school and football program."

And that was it, literally. Back when the commitment was made, the 6-foot-6, 220-poun Bell had stated that there were other visits he wanted to take. But once he gave his commitment (a word that he clearly knows and defined), the shopping around for a program was over.

Bell had well over two dozen offers from programs like Georgia, Notre Dame, UCLA, Nebraska, Kansas, Clemson, Maryland, Kansas State, Missouri, West Virginia, Oregon, Texas A&M, Iowa, Miami and North Carolina.

Since his commitment, Bell has made countless trips to Norman. Whether it was a trip to spend time with assistant coach Josh Heupel, catch a game or to watch quarterbacks Sam Bradford and Landry Jones throw the ball around a bit, Bell was there.

"I just like being in the Oklahoma environment. I went to the camp to work on my mechanics because there is still so much I need to learn," Bell said. "Plus, the more time I spend with the coaches will be good for me."

Though Bell has never stated publicly that his commitment was softening, when other programs witnessed Bradford going down for the 2009 season and seeing Jones step in as the starter, some schools began recruiting Bell again wondering if he was going to consider looking around.

They all got the same or similar answer.

"Yes, there were some college asking if I wanted to reconsider and they all get the same answer, I'm solid," Bell said. "You know whatever happens, happens. Oklahoma is where I want to be. I love the coaching staff and I am excited to be a Sooner." 

In his final season at Carroll, Bell threw for 2,752 yards and 32 touchdowns to only five interceptions. On the ground, he added another 800-plus yards and 22 scores.

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