June 21, 2012

Connection with coaches prompts L.A. QB to commit

Los Angeles Dorsey High quarterback Reginald Bell had connections to New Orleans long before he committed to Tulane earlier this week. Still, the connection that mattered most to him was the one he felt with new coach Curtis Johnson and his staff.

A conversation with Johnson on his unofficial visit last weekend was enough to sway him.

"He said the offense is going to be exactly like the New Orleans Saints offense," Bell said. "Drew Brees threw for 54 hundred yards. I have no problem with an offense where Drew Brees threw for 54 hundred yards. He (Johnson) told me I'm not going to only like the offense, I'm going to love the offense. When he said that, he had me."

Bell, a 6-foot-4, 175-pound dual-threat quarterback who threw for 1,365 yards and 16 touchdowns last year while rushing for another 387 yards and five scores, considers New Orleans his second home. His parents moved to Los Angeles from the Crescent City about four months before he was born, but almost all of his relatives still live in New Orleans. He has visited the city at least 10 times.

"Of course having a lot of family down there, I'll get a lot of support, but the key factor for me committing to Tulane was the coaching experience on the staff," he said. "Most of the coaches coached in the NFL. Also getting a degree from Tulane is above average. It's like a Stanford degree. Having that degree, I can go really far with that."



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