"I made a verbal commitment to the University of Vanderbilt last Thursday evening," Bell said. "I called up Coach Kenny Carter that evening, and spoke with him about my decision. After talking with Coach Carter, I gave Coach Johnson a call and told him that I was ready to make a verbal commitment to the Commodores." Bell gives Vanderbilt their 12th commitment for the 2008 recruiting class. He is also the second prospect to commit from the state of South Carolina, with kicker Ryan Fowler of Eastside High being the first.
Now that his commitment is official, Bell talks about the key factors that played an important role in his decision. "Vanderbilt is one of the top institutions in the country as far as academics are concerned," Bell said. "My family and I are real big on academics. Being an "A" student, I was looking for a school where I can get a good degree, and have a good life after college. The odds of going pro are very slim. However, I feel that if I don't make it to the pros, a degree from Vanderbilt would do a lot for me in the future."
Bell, who runs a 4.4 in the forty yard dash, caught the eyes of several major DI programs including the Commodores early on during the recruiting process. "Vandy pretty much offered me after watching my game film(s)," Bell said. "I think it was back during the month of February when they offered me a full scholarship. "After watching my game film, they basically told me how much they wanted me to be a part of their program."
Now that his decision is behind him, Bell can focus primarily on having a productive senior year. "Things were starting to become a little distracting on the recruiting side," Bell said. "By making my decision early, I can now relax and concentrate on football.
Last season Ingram Bell ran for over 800 yards on the ground, and had over 500 yards receiving for the Sharks. He also accounted for 60+ tackles on the defensive side of the ball. However, Bell is looking to shatter those marks this fall. "I should have a pretty strong season this year," Bell said. "I'm looking to get over 1000 yards rushing and receiving this year."
Bell made his declaration to the Commodores over Duke and Presbyterian College. He informed VandyMania.com that he will be taking his official visit to Nashville fairly soon to check out Vanderbilt up close and personal. But for now, he will continue preparing for his final season with his high school team. VandyMania.com will keep you posted on the status of Ingram Bell's senior campaign.