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 hangs out with "little brother K.J."
Junction City's Jamario Bell catches Strong quarterback Jacoby Heard for a big loss during the first quarter of a Sept. 21, 2012 game at Strong.
DALLAS Taking part in the Dallas Nike Camp on Saturday allowed Arkansas tight end-defensive end commitment JaMario Bell an opportunity to hangout with Hog receiver target K.J. Hill of North Little Rock.
“It’s just been a good experience competing with my little brother K.J. and other good elite prospects from across the country,” Bell said.
Bell explained his tight-knit relationship with Hill.
“We grew up together and we played a lot of AAU ball together,” Bell said. “He’s just been like a little brother.”
Bell, 6-6, 228, 4.7 seconds in the 40 yard dash, took advantage of the opportunity at the camp to show off his skill set. Video highlights CLICK HERE
“I think I stacked up pretty good with the tight ends,” Bell said. “I think (Will) Gragg and I are two of the best here. I got a lot more confidence from this. There’s a lot of good players, but I see that I can play with a lot of them. Really most of them.”
Despite being committed to the Hogs since last summer, Bell said he stays in contact with Coach Bret Bielema, tight ends coach Barry Lunney Jr. and defensive line coach Rory Segrest.
“I’m talking to coach Lunney at least twice a week, coach Bielema about once a week and coach Segrest about twice a week,” he said.
Bell said he can’t see himself changing his pledge.
“It would have to take a coaching staff a lot better than (Arkansas coaches),” Bell said. “I don’t think there is one better. Just a better football program which I don’t think there is one out there.”