Top QB recruit Blake Bell commits to OU

April, 4, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

ESPNU 150 watch list quarterback Blake Bell has committed to sign with the Oklahoma Sooners, according to OUInsider.com.

Bell, a 6-foot-6, 215-pounder from Bishop Carroll High School in Wichita, Kan., was one of the most highly recruited players in the class of 2010.

But he told the Wichita Eagle there was no question that Oklahoma was the right place for him.

"Everyone that knows me knows that I've been an Oklahoma fan since I was little," Bell told the Eagle. "I think I fit in perfectly with their style."

As a junior last season, Bell completed 64 percent of his passes for 3,231 yards with 37 touchdown passes and eight interceptions. He also averaged 4.1 yards per carry, scoring 12 rushing touchdowns.

Bell held scholarship offers from a host of other schools, including Texas A&M, Nebraska, Georgia, LSU, Iowa, Miami, Notre Dame and Oregon.

"I can't find any other place that has everything I'm looking for," Bell told OU Insider.com. "My dad and uncle agree, that OU has the best coaching, QB coach, best offense, best passing offense and best winning tradition that we can find.

"We've looked at a lot of schools and a lot of programs, and after watching practice, and how they practice, no one matches up with what OU is doing."

Bell would be thrown into a stiff competition with redshirt freshman Landry Jones and incoming freshman Drew Allen to see who succeeds Heisman winner Sam Bradford at quarterback.

"They said they might bring in one more quarterback, an option guy, but they said they're done with drop-back passers," Bell told the Eagle. "They always have talented guys come in. I'll be surrounded by a lot of talent, what more can a quarterback ask for? It's great to be a Sooner."

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