2017 Tyler (Tex.) Bishop Gorman wide receiver Judah Bell has had a few SMU coaches stop by this year, but the staff called his head coach to let him know that when the dead period ends, they'll be coming to see Bell and he has an offer.
The 6-3, 180-pound receiver was told that SMU running back coach Claude Mathis called and offered. Bell has been in contact with Mathis in the past and likes his energy.
"They wanted to offer me and come by and see me very soon sometime this month," Bell said. "I talked to coach Mathis a little bit, but haven't been in a lot of contact as of the dead period. I like his attitude and spirit. He's kind of an eccentric-type of guy. My coach told me when he offered, as he was when I talked to him, he was excited. I like energy and that type of stuff. That's what football is all about and I feel like relationships can be all about too."
Bell has already visited SMU in the past with another teammate of his and met the SMU coaches. He was very impressed with the campus and facilties there. Joe Craddock has visited Bishop Gorman a few times, he said.
"I know that it's a very, very good school and it's a great opportunity I have to be offered by them. I just know that with it being religious, there's not many big schools like that, which is an advantage. I have a lot to learn not just about sports, but about academics, outside of the athletic side of it. It was the first college campus I got to visit and it was very impressive. I like the area, campus life looked like a lot of fun and the facilities were good."
Outside of hearing from Oklahoma State and some few schools in the fall, SMU and Houston are his only offers. Houston is a school that Bell likes because of the way they recruit his area.
"It's another good school in Texas. It's not as close as Dallas, but it's close. They like the East Texas area. They've got a couple kids from this area and East Texas friendly."
Bell is looking for that solid balance between academics and football at the next level.
"Of course I look on the athletic side of things, but I also look at the business school. I want to major in business administration. I also look at the coaches and team, how they've played and how well I'd fit in there."
Bell admits he needs to put on some weight to compete at the college level, but he already is doing a lot of good things when he doesn't get the ball, which is a big part of his game. After watching SMU and their up-tempo offense, Bell likes the way SMU uses their weapons and gets them the ball.
"I feel like the best part of my game is making plays on the ball in the air and going up and getting it. I feel like it's just as important whether I'm blocking or running a ghost route, it's just as important as catching a ball, making a move and going to score."