Bell on the cusp of realizing dream

Last season, one of the most dynamic JUCO signal-callers in the entire country was CCSF QB Darius Bell (6-1, 205) and this spring he's working hard to get qualified so he can enroll at a D-1 school this summer. spoke with the talented prospect and he updated us on things…

"Right now, UCLA is the main school recruiting me," Bell told "I've talked to coach (Rick) Neuheisel and coach (Norm) Chow quite a bit and they told me as long as I qualify in time for summer quarter, I have a scholarship waiting for me, so that's really been my focus this spring."

Because he is working toward that ever-elusive D-1 offer, Bell didn't take part in spring ball with the Rams, but is enrolled and taking a full-load of credits.

"I'm taking 21 credits right now and I'm right on track," Bell said. "It's been tough doing all that classroom stuff and not being out there with my teammates, but when I got here I talked with coach (George) Rush about wanting to get a D-1 scholarship after my first year so I could have four years to play three and he said he completely understood, but if things don't work out I can come back and play this fall, it all sorta depends on what happens with me."

Coming out of high school, Bell committed to Montana State, but was not cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse, so he returned to the Bay Area where he was a standout prep and enrolled at City College.

As a freshman last fall, the talented quarterback threw for 1,905 yards and 21 touchdowns and only five interceptions, while running for 870 yards and 12 touchdowns.

"I'm definitely a dual-threat guy and that's what schools like about me," Bell said. "They like that I can be a threat with my legs and my arm, but I'd rather throw it down the field than run it. I only like to run when things break down."

We'll continue to update Bell's situation as he gets closer to finishing up his classes at CCSF later this month. He said he hopes to enroll at UCLA, his school of choice, in the summer if everything works out.

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