Former South Carolina signee Javon Bell is having a big freshman campaign at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
The 6-foot, 180-pound receiver had originally committed to Florida International before pulling a National Signing Day surprise less than a week later and inking with the Gamecocks last February. However, he was always a long shot to qualify academically and never did.
Ribault coach Anthony Flynn helped Bell find a home at Mississippi Gulf Coast, which is currently 4-0 and ranked No. 1 in the national junior college rankings.
Bell leads the team in receiving yards (454) and is second in total receptions (12). He has caught seven of the team’s nine touchdown receptions.
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In last Thursday’s win over Southwest Mississippi, Bell caught five passes for 169 yards and four touchdowns, breaking the school record for single-game scoring receptions.
“Tonight, I made my suitemates a promise I wouldn't get tackled,” Bell told the Mobile (Ala.) Press-Register. “I broke the promise, but I still scored four times. I fit in well here. We have weapons everywhere on offense.”
Flynn said the plan is for Bell to play two seasons at the junior college level and graduate in December 2011, allowing him to enroll early at his next school.
South Carolina remains in the mix for his services, but Flynn said it’s too early to tell where Bell will eventually end up.
“We haven’t even talked about that,” Flynn said. “We’re just worried about what’s going on at this moment. He went to summer school and made great grades, so he’s ahead of that. Now that it’s football season, he’s just concentrating on that. We’re just taking one step at a time.”