Josh Heupel landed one of the biggest recruits of his young coaching career on Friday when Blake Bell committed to play football for the Oklahoma Sooners. Bell is the top rated dual-threat quarterback in the country by Rivals and the #2 rated quarterback by Scout and who better to go after him than a former national champion quarterback. As the lead recruiter on Bell Heupel and the Oklahoma coaching staff had him on campus Thursday to watch a practice and then received a call from him on Friday stating that he was pledging his loyalties to the Sooners.
Last season, as a junior, at BishopCarrollHigh School in Wichita, KansasBell threw for 2,871 yards and 34 touchdowns. He also added another 12 touchdowns and 327 yards rushing. When he signs his letter of intend in February Oklahoma will be four full seasons out from the Rhett Bomar fiasco. Who would have though that the quarterback position at Oklahoma would have actually grown stronger after Bomar was shown the door? That season Paul Thompson led the team to the Big 12 Championship followed by two record breaking seasons of Sam Bradford which included a Heisman Trophy in `08. Now, Oklahoma is looking at having a group of quarterbacks for the 2010 season of Landry Jones, Drew Allen and Blake Bell with the outside chance of Sam Bradford as a senior.
Oklahoma beat out 12 other schools including Oregon, Texas A&M, Georgia, LSU, Miami (FL), Nebraska and Notre Dame for Bell’s services.