Bell on TV
Jerry Bell gets the start tonight (CREDIT: Caller-Times Newspaper)
Highly-touted incoming freshman QB Jerry Bell is expected to start for the South team in the Texas High School Coaches Association all-star game at the Alamodome in San Antonio tonight.
The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports Southwest, beginning at 7:30PM local time. I do know you can see it in the Los Angeles area on FSSC on Friday August 8th at 7:30AM (yes AM).
Bell's local paper provides a short preview and the revelation that he had to get the Columbia coaches' approval to play in the game, (it is just three weeks until training camp after all).
This game is just about the premiere All-Star game in Texas high school football, and you know what a religion that is. Earl Campbell, Eric Dickerson, Santana Dotson, Drew Brees and Vince Young are among the big names who've played in the coaches All-Star Game, which began in 1935.
I think there's a good chance Bell is the first Ivy-bound QB to start in this game.
Just take a look at the rosters for both teams, and you'll see why it's a big deal. I count no less than five players going to pre-season BCS Top 25 teams who will be playing tonight. And most of the college-bound kids are going to big BCS programs ranked or not. No other Ivy-bound players are on either team.
Hopefully, I'll be able to grab some stats tomorrow.