Javon Bell looking at two

Javon Bell looking at two

Former Ribault HS (Jacksonville, Fla.) standout WR Javon Bell signed with South Carolina out of high school but when he didn't qualify took his talents to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

Despite being just a two-star prospect in high school, Javon Bell was largely regarded as one of the best prospects in his area -- his grades at the time just scared many programs away.

So it should come as no surprise that Bell hauled in 46 passes for 1,313 yards and an impressive 17 scores in his first season at JUCO.

Teams have taken notice and Bell currently holds offers from South Carolina, Texas Tech, Tennessee, Oklahoma State, Southern Miss, Ole Miss and Mississippi State.

The 5-foot-11, 170-pound receiver currently has Texas Tech and South Carolina in his top two with the Red Raiders holding the lead.

"They call me a lot. They're interested," Bell said of Texas Tech. "I'm supposed to be going down there in the next couple of weeks. I haven't really ever been to the school."

"They pass the ball a lot," he added. "Their fifth receiver had a whole bunch of catches. He is a starring receiver. He catches the ball and scores touchdowns. So I was like dang they throw the ball a lot if I end up going there."

South Carolina receivers coach Steve Spurrier, Jr. offered Bell on National Signing Day 2010 when a scholarship opened up and Bell inked with the Gamecocks.

"South Carolina, they're just going steady right now. They can't really do so much right now," Bell said. "So I guess they're waiting until I'm a sophomore so they can really come at me. I still like South Carolina. They're still in the picture -- I'll always keep them in the picture."

Bell will visit South Carolina the weekend of June 17th, a trip that could be a big one in the Gamecocks' pursuit of the top JUCO receiver.

"Our friendship's real good," Bell said of Spurrier. "He's real cool. When he was recruiting me [in high school] he came and watched me play he said I as the No. 1 receiver in the state. He told me he was going to come at me and keep in touch and get me. He stayed in touch and came back. Me and him, we've got a good relationship."

Bell has also taken notice of the fact that junior Alshon Jeffery has developed into one of the country's best and is likely in his final season at South Carolina.

"If I come in I think I can do some of the same things he did," Bell said. "I'm not as big as him -- he's a horse. I'm not as big as him but I can do some of the same things as him."

Bell plans to make a final decision during the regular season -- probably September or November, he says.

He knows what he's looking for in a school.

"They've got to have a good quarterback -- have to have a good quarterback. Basically, South Carolina, they're known for putting receivers and recruits [in the league]. I know I can get to the next level with them. Basically, a team that's winning. I don't want to go anywhere [that's] losing."

Bell says that the Texas Tech and South Carolina visits are the only ones he has planned for the summer and that those are the two main schools he's looking at.

He says Texas Tech is currently recruiting him the hardest of the two and holds the lead, but South Carolina may have the loyalty factor going for it.

"It means a lot to me [that USC signed him], especially for (Spurrier) keeping his word saying he was going to come back and stick with me and stuff like that. It really was kind of easy but then it was kind of hard. But I felt good about it. I felt like this could be my next home so I signed with them."

Bell says that he is on pace to graduate in December and enroll in time for spring practice at the school of his choice in January of 2012.

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