Bell Ready to Take his Game to the Next Level

While we love bringing you a good portion of high school news and updates, we also want to feature some of the state's top athletes, while getting a quick look at what's the latest on the college recruiting front. Today, we feature Sugar Land Kempner's Josh Bell. This is a TPI Premium article.

When you play in a district with 10 teams, it does not leave much room for leeway. In fact, there is nothing more than a scrimmage, plus one preseason game. From then on, everything counts towards a district crown and those four spots in the postseason.

Though his team finished below .500, Sugar Land Kempner running back Josh Bell remembers all too well what happen last season that almost left the Cougar team on the outside looking in.

"Last year we faced a lot of adversity trying to make it to the playoffs and we had to beat Bush by nine points to get in the playoffs and finish with Elkins," Bell said. "This year we are trying to get out there early and get the wins and smooth those wrinkles out."

Of course the Hurricane Ike situation did not help much either, but that is all behind them now. It's 2009, and every team starts with a 0-0 record. What happens from now on is up to the team. 

But rest assured, Bell said that the Cougar team is not looking to repeat what happened last year. Kempner made it to the playoffs, but made an early exit in bi-district with a 21-7 loss to Clear Lake.

"The expectations for this team are real high. I think there is a lot expected out of us as a team," Bells said. "I will do what I can to make the best of the season."

And last season didn't go so bad for Bell. In an offense where carries are distributed pretty evenly, the 5-foot-11, 200-pound Bell rushed for 518 yards and 10 total touchdowns. 

Bell said that he looks to improve on his last year's performance, but what he has done so far has caught the attention of several college recruiters.

"Currently I have no offers, but a lot of colleges are interested like Rice, Missouri, Oregon, and Florida," Bell said. "I haven't really thought much about what I will do next, my parents are involved a lot so right now I am just waiting patiently. We are just trying to see what's on the table."

As he senior year gets rolling here very soon, Bell wants to get out and make some things happen. And now it's his time as he will be veteran in the Cougar backfield. Of all of the schools mentioned and probably a few that were not, Bell will need to come out hard for his senior year to pull in offer No. 1.

He already has an idea about where it may come from.

"If I had to guess where my first offer would come from I would say Rice or Missouri. I get calls from both of these coaches here and there," Bell said. "Over the summer, I visited Texas A&M and I visited Rice. I was planning to go to Oregon, but I didn't make that flight. I'm still waiting, but I'm confident that I will get something this year."

The Cougars open up their 2009 season against Pearland on September 4.

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