Corsicana, Texas standout athlete DeVontay Bell rushed and passed for over 1400 yards as a sophomore in 2011, as he helped lead the Corsicana Tigers to a 13-2 record and the 4A Division II state semi-finals.
The 5-10, 180-pound prospect scored 21 rushing touchdowns from his quarterback position, and displayed an overall athleticism that caught the attention of high school football crowds throughout the state of Texas.
Interest has come from Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Arkansas, LSU, and TCU, and this summer he attended camps for Texas Tech, Texas A&M, and Texas.
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"I went to a Tech camp in Lancaster, an A&M camp that was in DeSoto, then I went to UT camp in Austin," Bell said. "I worked DB (cornerback) at all of them. They wanted me to work quarterback at the Tech camp, but my hamstring was bothering me so I just did DB."
In 2012 Bell was putting together another strong performance. After the first two games Bell was the leading rusher and passer as the Corsicana signal caller, then in game three he suffered a setback.
"It was going good until we played Forney. I messed up my knee. I'm doing a little rehab before I go into surgery so I can come back with a fast recovery," Bell said. "It's my ACL (torn)."
College coaches continue to show interest. This week coaches from Texas and Texas Tech stopped through Corsicana to give him a look, both like him as an athlete who has potential on either side of the ball. He admits he favors the offensive side of the ball, but is quick to say he will do whatever he is told.
"I have the mindset that I'm a football player, not just a position guy," Bell said. "I'll play wherever you want to put me. I'll play defensive line if you want me to."
Oklahoma St. has been sending the most mail, but Texas Tech and Texas have shown more in-person interest. The interest from the two Texas schools has them high on his list.
"Those are probably my strongest two. That's where I want to go - either Tech or Texas. That's just me. I'm a Texas guy. Those are two schools I've loved," Bell said. "Texas, I like their DB coach. He's the real deal. Everyone knows they have the most defensive backs in the NFL. I believe if you are a starting DB at Texas you're going to go to the NFL. Tech, I like their offensive program. I like the way they run their offensive stuff."
He does not have any unofficial visits scheduled but would like to visit both Texas Tech and Texas in the next few weeks.