San Jose State is actively searching for the next Tyler Ervin and have scouted a variety of running backs in the 2017 class.
One recruit they may be close to offering is Chance Bell, a three-star running back from Burroughs High School in Burbank, Calif. Bell has seen the Spartans offense with Ervin in the backfield and likes the idea of filling that role.
“It’s a great all-around program,” Bell said of SJSU. “For me it’s great because they love to run the ball and get the ball to the running back in general, maybe on some passes, but they can be a downhill team and run the ball. That’s what I really like about them.”
Bell holds nine offers, but none have come from his home state yet. He holds offers from Illinois, Iowa State, Hawaii, New Mexico, Idaho, Eastern Washington, Northern Arizona, Northern Colorado and Southern Utah. He is receiving interest from SJSU and California as well. Bell discussed the unofficial visit he took to both schools earlier this year.
“It was good to see their facilities and talk to their running backs coach one-on-one,” Bell said. “It was an unofficial visit. The facilities are really nice. I got to go in the locker room and see the culture in there. The team was in the weight room and vibing out to the music and having a good time before spring practice. I saw a lot of players in the film room breaking down the film with coaches one-on-one to work on their mistakes and learn the plays better.”
Bell’s main point of contact has been SJSU Offensive Line Coach Adam Stenavich and now he is developing a relationship with the Spartans’ new runnings back coach, Phil Earley, as well.
“Coach Stenavich has actually been to my school two times,” Bell said. “I also met with him on the visit. He’s a great guy. He has always been honest with me from the very start. I’m glad I’ve gotten to build that relationship with him. Each stays in contact a lot. Coach Earley is also a great guy. We got to break down my film one-on-one and talk with him in person. We had a great conversation.”