December 17, 2011

Bell hopes to make impact

Texas Tech got commit No. 3 of a busy Saturday in the form of Gulf Coast (Miss.) Community College's Javon Bell, a receiver that without a doubt fits offensive coordinator Neal Brown's desire to have more 'explosive' play makers.

With excellent speed and an almost unreal vertical leap for a player that is listed a just 6-foot, Bell could have an immediate impact on the Red Raiders' offense in 2012. Especially if Alex Torres is limited coming off rehabbing an ACL tear.

Chalk this commitment up to the City of Lubbock and the Tech campus as much as the Red Raider coaching staff's efforts.

"I really just chose them because it made the most sense," Bell said. "The people and the environment. It didn't really have anything to do with the football program or anything like that. It just all about the people and the place."

Bell was the third commit to coming Saturday and the second commit of the day from Gulf Coast. Gulf Coast offensive tackle Rashad Fortenberry committed earlier Saturday while on an official visit to Tech.

Bell and Fortenberry said safety Chris Payne, a fellow Gulf Coast teammate, also committed to the Red Raiders Saturday to bring the total number of Gulf Coast athletes to three. has been active in trying to contact Payne, but as of Saturday evening could not reach him for confirmation.

If Payne did give a commitment while visiting Tech earlier this week, and we have no reason to believe that he didn't, three players from Gulf Coast will join three players from Riverside (Calif.) Community College in defensive lineman Lee Adams, linebacker Will Smith and athlete Sadale Foster.

"It feels good," Bell said of his Gulf Coast teammates and fellow Tech commits. "We've come a long way together, but it's still the same game. It's still football. There will be some adjustments we'll all have to make, but it's the same game and I don't think I'll have to lean on them too much."

Bell expects he can make a big impression on the coaching staff when he suits up for spring ball. That should carry over to good things on the field come kickoff 2012.

"I'm a fast receiver," Bell said. "I can catch real good. I've got great route running skills. I feel like I can break off a route when I need to and that I can chase the ball down when the ball's not on target. Love to have the ball in my hands."

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