2017 wide receiver takes in SMU spring game

Hatts talked with 2017 Bishop Gorman (Tex.) wide receiver Judah Bell about his visit for the SMU spring game.

It was almost a year ago that 2017 Bishop TK Gorman (Tex.) wide receiver Judah Bell made his first visit to SMU but he was back again for SMU’s spring game this past weekend.
“It was an awesome experience overall, we got a tour of the campus and they let us see a lot of the buildings and it was great,” Bell said, “I had a great time, the campus was beautiful, the game was fun I just had a good time overall.”
After seeing the spring crowd last year, Bell noticed an improvement in the crowd and the overall game atmosphere.
“The atmosphere was pretty lively, it was alumni in attendance, I know Cole Beasley was there and there was a bunch of other guys who were there I think they had an alumni game that day actually or a flag football game or something,” Bell said, “So the atmosphere was fun, there was people there they had their kids there it was kind of like a little home game.”
Bell also liked what he saw from the offense, despite the struggles by SMU’s backups. The 6-3, 189-pound receiver especially liked the play of former Van HS running Aphonso Thomas.
“Well I know their starting quarterback Matt Davis wasn’t playing but the guy that stepped in and got most of the reps, he did a decent job,” Bell said, “The receivers they put on a little show, the tight ends they played well, and there was a running back out there from East Texas, Van, Aphonso Thomas he played really well so it was good to see that with me being from East Texas as well I enjoyed that.”
Saturday also served as a chance for Bell to talk with the coaches and meet his receiver coach for the first time.
“I met with coach Stepp and coach Mathis and also with coach Craddock, I had known coach Craddock and coach Mathis they met with me before but this was my first time meeting coach Stepp,” Bell said, “He had a lot of energy and seemed like a fun guy to have as a receivers coach and I really enjoyed talking with him.”
Bell currently has offers from North Texas, SMU, Houston, Navy, UTSA, ULL, Bowling Green and Kansas. The East Texas receiver also plans to attend some camps this summer for the schools he wants to show what he has to the coaches.
“I’m plan is to do a couple of camps this summer, probably about three or four of them, I’m going to pick out a couple colleges I want to showcase what I have there and I’ll hit those camps, I’m definitely going to the SMU one they have a couple coming up this summer so I’m going to one of those,” Bell said, “As for visits, I may go to UTSA, I highly doubt it though, I wanted to go out there to catch their spring game but I’m just not sure it’s going to work out and by summer I definitely will have a list of schools that I want to visit and I just want to make sure I get that done this summer because the most important thing is going to those schools and seeing the atmosphere and how I see myself at that college.”
Right now, Bell is just focused on getting better and will worry about the decision down the road. While he definitely sees the advantage of staying inside the state, he hasn’t ruled out going out of Texas if it is a good opportunity.

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