September 4, 2006

Bell takes in game

Olathe (Kan.) East running back Demetrius Bell committed to play for Kansas State in April after rushing for 1,821 yards during his junior season. The No. 7 ranked prospect in the Sunflower State picked up where he left off last season in his team's season opening win Friday night. He also took an unofficial visit to the Little Apple the next morning to see the Wildcats open the Ron Prince era.

"We won 20-0," the 5-foot-8, 158-pound Bell said about his team's performance on Friday night against Olathe Northwest. "I had 29 carries for 190 yards and three touchdowns. Coach was sort of pleased with everything. The defense got a shutout but the offense needed to do better. We won, but we can do a lot better. Our quarterback had a few fumbles in the red zone. We'll get those corrected."

Bell traveled to Manhattan in time for the K-State game against Illinois State.

"I was at the game," he said. "It wasn't what I wanted, but a win is a win. You have to take the positives and grow. I didn't get to talk to the coaches. I got there late, right at the start of the game and left right after the game. I was next to Jayson Cuba during the game. Justin Woods wanted to get up there but he couldn't find a ride.

"I saw a lot of recruits there watching the game. Two I recognized were Donald Stephenson and Jeremy Reed. I'll be up there again for next week's game too. I'm looking forward to seeing what they look like next week after they've had some time to work on the stuff from this game."

Bell and his teammates will play Lawrence Free State this Friday.

"I know they killed Leavenworth. I'm looking forward to the game. They have three guys committed to play for KU. Christian Ballard and the Murphy brothers. I want to just win the game. Get in there and win and keep moving along."

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