At 6 foot, 4 inches tall and weighing right around 210 pounds, Chris Bell's 4.5/40 on grass is impressive. You don't expect someone of that size to be able to bolt out of the chute like say a Percy Harvin.
That stereotype or at least in this case, reputation, it's about to take a turn, because what Chris Bell churned out at his recent camp at Penn State, heads are going to nearly break, turning to take a look.
Chris said that he ran a 4.39 on
his first attempt and he ran a 4.38 on his next one," Chris Bell senior said of
his son tearing up the field turf at
The most recent example of that
was when Chris Bell was competing in a meet, running the 110 high hurdles,
Chris's main event. After churning out a few 14.2s, 14.3s or somewhere around
there, the elder
Chris had the record, but set a new one, running an eye-popping 13.9.
If you look at it on paper and have no real grasp of athletics, you will see the difference between a 4.5 and a 4.38 as basically just thirteen-hundredths of a second. To coaches, though, the difference between someone running a 4.5 and 4.38, it's a whole different ball game now.
"Who will be there when something goes wrong? Who will be there for my son when he as a person needs someone to talk to or whatever the case may be?"
"Those schools that are the most consistent right now with that kind of attention, those are the ones that we are looking at the closest right now."
Bell said that of the baker's dozen his son has in offers, Penn State, Nebraska, Virginia and Michigan have been those kinds of teams, showing the kind of attention they prefer. And with the time narrowing down on determining those official visits, they are some of the better candidates to get one of the coveted five allowed.
The last time we talked,
"So, right now, I'd say probably,
With Chris's recent performance
With the Bells already looking at narrowing the list very soon, though, so as to make sure as to where these official visits might go, what happens if other schools try to get into the mix? "That's Chris's decision about any new schools that get into this thing late," Bell Sr. said of deciding on how much interest new schools into the mix might get. "He's a big kid and we are going to leave a lot of decisions to him, so if new schools come in, we'll leave a lot of deciding how much of a chance they have with him up to him."
"Now, if it's a USC, we'd be stupid not to look, but there are schools that if they aren't in right now, an offer in the future won't matter; they still won't be in."
Chris Sr. did say that of the five official visits allowed, Chris Jr. will probably take a couple of early ones, because their own high school schedule should allow that, Chris's team competing twice on a Thursday. As to who those schools might be, there's still no concrete decision.
The only thing concrete for the Bells right now is Chris himself, who has just recently showed that he's still getting bigger, strong and especially, faster. And he's not going to stop there. "He strength trains everyday, speed trains everyday and he's working to get quicker as well," Chris Sr. said. "I have to admit that I have been surprised by some of what he has done, but he's not. He tells me this stuff before he does it, so I know that he sees where he can be."
"He's not done either, because he thinks that nobody is looking his way when we know they are. But, he's using it as motivation to get better."
Current Husker commit Menelik Holt isn't currently ranked in the top 20, but has already made the Scout.com's Top 100 in the west and should be ranked at least in the top thirty once the full rankings are released.
Other prospects for
An in-state prospect that could
find himself on that list will be Derrick Russell, out of Northstar high school