Richard Davenport has been a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 2007. He also hosts Recruiting Thursday each Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. statewide.
Bell makes Bielema's day
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/RICKMCFARLAND --03/01/12-- Junction City's Jamario Bell jumps over E. Poinsett's Darius Barnes in their 2A State Finals Basketball tournament game Thursday in Hot Springs.
Junior tight end/defensive end JaMario Bell of Junction City made Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema's Saturday when he committed to the Hogs later at night.
"He was happy,” said Bell, who’s also an outstanding basketball player and was a member of the 16-under Arkansas Wings who won the AAU National Championship.. “ He said I really did make him wait all day for his commitment.”
Bell, 6-6, 230 pounds, 4.7 seconds in the 40-yard dash, was also is drawing interest from Alabama, LSU, Auburn, Florida State and others before he picked the Hogs. He and his mother, Helen arrived in Fayetteville Friday. Video highlights click here
Bell’s mother was cautious about him making a quick decision but was on board with him choosing the Razorbacks
“She really liked Arkansas,” Bell said. “The reason she was holding me back was that she wanted to make sure this is where I wanted to be and where I wanted to make my home.”
Bell recorded 81 tackles, including 12 for loss, and 5 sacks last season on defense and offensively had 15 receptions for 249 yards, 4 touchdowns and was named to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Super Sophomore team. Spending time with Bielema reassured his mother.
“After talking to coach Bielema she said she could really tell he was real guy and wasn’t telling her things that weren’t true,” Bell said. “She thinks he’s really going to take care of me and look after me while I’m up here.”
He joins an impressive list of pledges for the 2015 class, offensive linemen Colton Jackson, 6-6, 291 of Conway and Zach Rogers, 6-3, 295, 5.09 seconds in the 40 yard dash, of Carrollton, (Texas), Hebron along with quarterback Ty Storey, 6-3, 217, 4.92 seconds in the 40 yard dash, of Charleston.
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