About one year ago George Bell was poised for his junior campaign when he suffered a tough season-ending injury. This time around he expects things to go a little more smoothly. And if they do, you can bet he'll be mentioned in the same breath as the nation's best players.
The 5-foot-11, 225-pound running back from Fayetteville (N.C.) Jack Britt runs the 40-yard dash in 4.45 seconds. Who are his leaders?
"NC State and Michigan are the two schools above everyone else," said Bell. "NC State is on the rise, and I would like to be part of building a great program. Michigan already has the great tradition, and they always have good running backs. They have a great football atmosphere too."
Bell took an official visit to Michigan this past weekend to watch the Wolverines crush Houston.
"I had a good time there," he said. "The atmosphere was awesome and I like the way Michigan runs the football. They have great offensive linemen and a tradition of good running backs. It really moved them up on my list even further."
Although he lists those two schools as his leaders, other schools have not backed off.
"UVA and UNC are probably recruiting me the hardest," said Bell. "Those four schools, plus Miami and Virginia Tech are the six schools I'm really considering the most at this point. LSU is still up there too. There are others that could get up there, but right now that's about it."
In only three games last year Bell rushed for 600 yards and seven touchdowns. He's ranked the No. 9 running back in the nation by Rivals.com and is a four-star prospect.