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.
Camp performance inspires Bell
Junction City defensive end-tight end JaMario Bell, an Arkansas commitment, caught the attention of many in a recent combine.
Bell, 6-6, 228, 4.7 seconds in the 40 yard dash, was one of the more physically gifted athletes at the Dallas Nike Camp on April 5. Video highlights CLICK HERE
He worked out with the tight ends during the camp and gained confidence after seeing several other top prospects.
“That’s got him a little more motivated,” said Junction City Coach David Carpenter.
Carpenter said Bell is showing more intensity in the weight room.
“There’s a difference from being in there and doing work and going through the motions and now he’s really trying to get stronger,” Carpenter said.
Arkansas, Auburn, Ole Miss, Memphis, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana- LaFayette and UCA are schools planning to visit the school during the spring evaluation period that ends May 31. Carpenter said Bell, who throws the shot put and discus in track and field, likes to show his competitive side.
“He goes and gets some throwing in and when all the sprinters and middle distance guys get out running, he gets out and jumps in and runs with those guys,” Carpenter said “He doesn’t keep up with those guys but at least he gets in there and runs with them.”
In addition to track and field, Bell plays basketball for his school and for the Arkansas Wings, who participated in the Real Deal in the Rock basketball tournament last weekend.
“It helps me a lot with my lateral movement and quickness and just my spring,” Bell said. “It gets me in shape. It’s just a great privilege to play with these guys on this team. We’re starting to come together. You can just see it. It’s a lot of fun to play with these guys.”
Carpenter said other players at the school benefit from Bell’s recruiting.
“When people come look at him, they look at the other kids that normally get overlooked,” he said.