Class of 2012 Introduction: Torrey Bell

John Curtis Christian School seems to produce a never-ending supply of outstanding football players and one of the top underclassmen on the roster is 6-foot-5 defender Torrey Bell.

SMU is attempting to establish a pipeline at John Curtis Christian and the suburban New Orleans school has an excellent group of underclassmen that should receive plenty of attention from the Mustangs.

Curtis is known for its salty defensive units and one of the top players on that side of the ball is Class of 2012 outside linebacker/defensive end Torrey Bell.

"I had 45 tackles with seven sacks last year," said the 6-foot-5, 225-pounder. "I'm running in the 4.6 to 4.7 range now. I'm quick, fast, and strong and I'm good at beating people off the edge. My strong spot is pass rushing, but I can also stop the run.

"I'll usually line up on the left side, but if we need a stop, I'll be on the strong side over the tight end. We have a good front seven and while we lost our entire secondary, we should be straight back there."

An all-district basketball player, Bell averaged 12 points and 10 rebounds per game as a sophomore. However, he prefers the gridiron to the hardwood.

"I like football because I can be physical without fouling out of the game," he said.

Bell is receiving early interest from LSU, SMU, Auburn, Oregon, Texas, and Mississippi State.

Curtis, led by Bell, DT Marcel Andry, and senior LB Seth Jones, is attempting to start another streak of state championship titles after dropping an 18-13 decision to north Louisiana private school power Evangel Christian in the 2009 2A finals.

"We plan to be back there (in the Superdome) again," said Bell. "We're off this week and then we begin camp next week with three-a-day practices."

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