Life is moving quickly for Greenville Christian School senior Chris Bell, the Planters Bank Player of the Week.
Every day, it seems, Bell receives a new offer to play wide receiver at a Division 1 school. Last Thursday, he received an offer from the University of Maryland. On Sunday, the University of Louisville offered. With so many schools now interested (he is currently receiving texts from assistant coaches at both Ole Miss and Miss. State), Bell said he is in no rush to make a decision.
“I am just going to keep watching and wait and see,” he said at the team’s field house on Monday afternoon. “Right now my top pick is Louisville, and I have an official visit with them in October.”
As Bell’s collegiate future appears ever more bright, Bell’s present at Greenville Christian seems like it could not get any better either.
Bell, a 6-2, 214 pounder, is perhaps the most dangerous weapon on this year’s Greenville Christian squad. Last Friday, Bell played a pivotal role in the Saints’ 48-41 comeback victory over Oak Grove. Oak Grove was the top ranked team in the state and the defending 6A public school champions. Despite being double teams all night, Bell caught two touchdown passes of 64 and 71 yards in the game.
With multiple GCS players out with cramps, Bell also came in and played defensive end for his team in the fourth quarter to help the Saints seal the victory.
“This shows you what type of player he is. He is willing to do whatever it takes to help us win,” GCS assistant coach Jordan McLendon said. “Chris is a bright kid, and he obviously has talent. The great thing is how well he has jelled with his teammates. The bond that we have created with all our players is special. Last year, had a lot of kids come together and become a team. This year we have added a few more and they have really jelled, too.”
Bell, who transferred this summer from Yazoo City, calls GCS quarterback DJ Smith his best friend. Bell and Smith first met each other while playing 7-on-7 football two summers ago. The two formed a quick and solid connection.
“DJ and I are really close,” he said. “It’s like we both know what the other one is going to do before the play starts.”
Despite being soft spoken, Bell does not lack for confidence.
“I play like DK Metcalf, because of my body size, my hands and my rout running,” he said.
The comparison to the current Seattle Seahawks NFL star may not be as overblown as you think. Many of the most respected high school football observers in the state are saying similar things.
For example, veteran Mississippi sports columnist Rick Cleveland wrote after the Oak Grove game that Bell “reminds this observer of A.J. Brown, the Starkville High-turned Ole Miss Rebels-turned Tennessee Titans receiver — not a comparison made lightly.”